Obstructing FRCS Officers

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority is investigating three employees of a prominent shopping mall in Suva for allegedly obstructing FRCS officers during the course of their duties.

The alleged incident took place last week when two tax officers were doing routine inspection. It is then alleged that the Mall Administrator instructed two of its security guards to forcefully remove FRCS officers from the premises.

“The two tax officers were carrying out their duties under the Income Tax Act and the Value Added Tax Act when they were stopped from performing their duties and removed from the building. Obstructing a FRCS officer is a serious offence under the Tax Administration Act and attracts a fine of up to $25,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 24 months or both”, FRCS Chief Executive Officer Mr Visvanath Das said.

Charges were filed yesterday afternoon and the three will appear in the Suva Magistrates court at a later date.

“We appeal to the business houses and individuals to work with FRCS to create level playing field for all. We at FRCS always assist our taxpayers in terms of filing returns and lodging it on time. The Fijian government has provided a number of concession to the people and we should ensure that these concessions are passed to ordinary consumers,” Mr. Das said.

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