Ministry rewards high level tax payers for  compliance with revenue laws

    The Ministry of Revenue and Customs is planning to reward customers who have complied with the kingdom’s tax laws.

    The Ministry’s CEO, Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield, said the reward scheme, to be known as the Heilala tax system, was aimed at ”deserving”  taxpayers who had paid high levels of tax.

    The Heilala scheme was intended to encourage a culture of voluntary compliance with Tax and Customs laws that would enable the Government to continue to collect revenue.

    Services and benefits offered to the members would include a private reception area with refreshments, TV and internet access at the Tax and Customs offices; prioritized processing of tax and customs requests; blanket tax clearance and access by members’ CEOs and senior managers to the VIP lounge upon arrival at the Fua’amotu International Airport.

    Membership would depend on the ability of the taxpayer to maintain high levels of compliance and any additions to its membership would depend on the Ministry’s annual review processes.

    The Ministry has selected 10 taxpayers to pioneer this system. They are:

    A Cowley & Sons Ltd

    Bank of South Pacific Tonga Limited (BSP)

    Fexco (Tonga) Ltd

    MBF Bank Ltd

    Pacific Energy (South West Pacific) Ltd

    PTH Ltd

    The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints

    Tonga Airports Ltd

    Tonga Development Bank Ltd

    Tonga Water Board.

    The main points

    • The Ministry of Revenue and Customs is planning to reward customers who have complied with the kingdom’s tax laws.
    • The Ministry’s CEO, Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield, said the reward scheme, to be known as the Heilala tax system, was aimed at ”deserving” taxpayers who had paid high levels of tax.
    • The Heilala scheme was intended to encourage a culture of voluntary compliance with Tax and Customs laws that would enable the Government to continue to collect revenue.
    • Membership would depend on the ability of the taxpayer to maintain high levels of compliance.

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