23rd October, 2017
The Suva Magistrates Court has convicted a Restaurant for failing to issue a proper Tax Invoice as required under the Value Added Tax Act 1991.
Deo Narayan Singh trading as Singh’s Curry House was charged after he failed to issue a proper tax invoices as required under regulation 3 of the Value Added Tax Regulation 1991 to one of its customers on 30th June 2017 at its Morris Hedstrom City Centre outlet.
While sentencing Mr Singh, Magistrate Liyanage said that issuance of proper tax invoice is utmost importance when it comes to supply of goods and services to citizens. He further stated that the tax invoice ensures the transparency of the payment of tax to the government charged by the business to the consumer and it is the right of the consumer to have a tax invoice of his or her transaction.
Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) Chief Executive Officer Mr. Visvanath Das has welcomed the conviction by the Court saying that this should serve as a deterrent to other businesses who are not issuing correct tax invoices to its customers.
Effective from 1st August 2017, the maximum fine for this offence attracts a maximum penalty of $5,000.00 or 10 years imprisonment for a first offender; $15,000.00 or 10 years imprisonment for a second offender or $25,000.00 or 10 years imprisonment for a third offender or more. “FRCS is clamping down on businesses and individuals who are involved in systematic tax evasion by not issuing proper tax invoices and under-declaring their sales figures. We urge all citizens to voluntary comply with the tax and customs laws of the country”, Mr. Das stressed.
“We also invite businesses with turnover of less than $1.5m to take advantage of the Government’s current Tax Amnesty initiative and become compliant at the earliest without having to suffer penalties, fines and prosecutions”, said Mr Das.
“We also have a team who are ready to assist you if you facing difficulties in filing your returns on time”.
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