27th June, 2017
The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCS), in the last few weeks have held a number of forums to assist taxpayers and inform stakeholders on the importance of filing tax returns correctly and on time.
The sectors that were part of these forums are Construction, Tourism, Duty Free, Supermarkets, Hardware companies, Real Estate Sector and Retailers. An information session on VAT compliance and Tax Evasion was also organized at the Fiji National University, Nasese Campus last week.
Officials from the FRCS presented on VAT returns, VAT fraud and Tax Evasion to the participants.
In line with its Corporate intent, FRCS is now actively engaging with its stakeholders to educate and assist them on their tax obligations.
“Taxpayer education is the bridge, linking FRCS to its Stakeholders and is a key tool to transform tax culture in Fiji. Failure to understand taxation leads to non- compliant behaviour amongst taxpayers hence the stakeholder forums to educate stakeholders on their tax obligations,” FRCS Chief Executive Officer Mr. Visvanath Das said.
“Most taxpayers want to do the right thing and pay their fair share of tax however due to the lack of information and awareness, people do not comply with tax and customs regulations”.
“At FRCS we strongly emphasise the need to strike a balance between revenue and service targets. Taxpayer education is an important enabler in any efficient tax administration. Our stakeholders should be able to understand the tax rules and these tax rules should be simple and clear in order to enhance tax compliance,” Mr. Das said.
Apart from the stakeholder forums, FRCS is now proactively engaging and visiting business houses to educate them on their tax obligation and at the same time assisting them to file their tax returns correctly and on time.
This proactive engagement is being complimented with tools such as an online platform where taxpayers can update their details and raise their queries online from the comfort of their homes via the mySay and myInfo portals on the FRCS website www.frcs.org.fj .
The taxpayer education team will be meeting Stakeholders and presenting to businesses in Labasa and Savusavu today and tomorrow.
For queries please contact the Public Relations Department on 3243031/3243505.