Internal Revenue Commission (IRC)

IRC Mendi office to reopen

 

This was confirmed in a meeting held between the Southern Highlands Provincial Administrator, Joseph Kajetan, and IRC Commissioner General Sam Koim in Mendi yesterday.

The IRC office in Mendi closed down in 2017 during election related violence.

Since then Southern Highlands taxpayers were serviced by the Hagen Regional Tax Centre. The Commissioner General and the IRC team visited Mendi to see the business activities in the province and explore the possibility of reopening its office.

Burdensome processes give rise to corruption: IRC

It is hoped that the renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) and the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) will reduce it.

The MOU signed between the two agencies on the 14th of May allows for an efficient, streamlined process.

IRC Commissioner General, Sam Koim, said this partnership, which was first signed in 2013, allows ease of access for citizens and clients.

ESP signs deal with IRC

The MOU forges a partnership between the East Sepik Provincial Government and IRC to increase compliance activities in the province. 

The MOU was signed by Governor Allan Bird and his administration and IRC Commissioner General, Sam Koim.

Governor Bird described the MOU as a culmination of two-and-a-half years of preparatory work.

“One of the first thing I did when taking office as governor was to check the internal revenue resources,” stated Bird.

Tax defaulters, fraudsters warned

This was stated by Acting Commissioner General for IRC, Sam Koim, last week at the Revenue Haus when announcing a 3-month amnesty period for all taxpayers to settle debts before the period ends.

With the reinstatement of Koim’s position for another 3 months, he aims to improve all processes to put the Revenue Haus in order by going after outstanding cases of taxpayers.

Provision has been abused: IRC

Acting Commissioner General, Sam Koim, said this provision has been abused and they will not allow it any further.

Koim said this when announcing that the IRC had identified a pattern of employers’ diverting salary and wages tax to other operational expenses.

“In the past, taxpayers have been allowed to use GST credits to offset their salaries and wages taxes pursuant to Section 91(5) of the Goods and Services Act 2003.

Tax diversion noted by IRC

Acting Commissioner General, Sam Koim, said the practice is a breach of trust between the employer and employee, and is seen as theft and criminal in nature.

The monies, which they believe run in the hundreds of millions of kina, are then used to run other aspects of their operations.

PM urges IRC to step up

Companies who evade tax have been warned that strict penalties will be applied going forward.

Prime Minister James Marape, while on a visit to the Internal Revenue Commission Office with Treasurer Sam Basil, warned big companies who have been evading tax that their time is up, and they must own up as forensic audit will be conducted.

IRC to do away with cheque payments

As part of this effort, the IRC will conducting awareness sessions in 14 provinces from May 14th to 30th to inform taxpayers of this intention.

The awareness will inform taxpayers, businesses and sole traders about the various ways in which they can safely and conveniently pay taxes.

IRC says the acceptable payment methods include:

Lupari challenges young tax collectors

He made the statement during another visit to the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) today.

Lupari reiterated his message to the young staffers that the IRC was the most important organisation in PNG and its effectiveness in collecting revenue will realise the country’s development aspirations.

In his third visit to the IRC this year, the Chief Secretary wanted to specifically meet the younger generation of IRC staff.

Taskforce to speed up tax payments to government

This was announced today by Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, when speaking to Internal Revenue Commission staff today.

Lupari said the Task Force will comprise of the IRC, Office of Migration, Customs, and the Central Bank.

Their main role will be to do a Tax audit on big taxpayers (companies) and visit shop and business entity’s.

Lupari said the Task Force will begin operations in Moresby and head out to other provinces.

He said many businesses are not paying taxes and are operating under the radar of organizations like the IRC.