The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Madam Elfreda Stewart Tamba, has assured members of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the business community that her institution will be governed professionally in keeping with its mandate.
Commissioner General Tamba gave the assurance last evening at a dinner organized by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) where officers-elect were installed into office for the second time.
The program was held on Tuesday, July 1, in the LCC Conference Room on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
According to her, the Revenue Authority will collect taxes and duties, which form part of the public service to benefit all, regardless of whether one is a resident, Liberian or non-Liberian.
She pointed out that the Institution will also protect society through its Customs Service, working, or frontier control in tax collection in Liberia.
“LRA will foster voluntary compliance with tax laws that provide care or complete, accurate and timely guidance with taxpayers, to help them understand and meet the obligations under the law,” Commissioner Tamba declared.
The LRA Commissioner, who served as keynote speaker at the installation ceremony, said the LRA will administer the law fairly, constantly and would seek to collect no more, the unlawful and corrupt tax or duty.
“Our customer chattel will set up a neutral expectation between the customers, who happen to be the taxpayer and the LRA,” she added.
However, she said the LRA will treat information with confidentiality and care, assuring that it will not be disclosed except as provided by law.
“We can assure you as tax payers that you will be treated cautiously with consideration and in non-discriminatory way,” she stressed.
Madam Tamba emphasized that customers will receive necessary information and all reasonable assistance to enable them clearly understand and meet the tax and customs obligations, and to claim their entitlement.
“LRA will expect you to provide true and correct information in all your contacts and to further advise it in a timely manner of development, such as change of business address,” she stressed.
Liberia, said the Commissioner General, needs to be a part of the global economic growth and in so doing, “We must create a better opportunity for the revenue sector of Liberia.”
At the same time, she assured the business community that LRA will treat everyone with honesty unless there is a clear reason to believe otherwise.
For his part, Liberia Chamber of Commerce president, Francis A. Dennis, Jr. lauded Commissioner General Tamba for her new appointment as head of the Liberia Revenue Authority and the official opening of the entity.
Mr. Dennis told Commissioner Tamba that the LCC would work in partnership with LRA in ensuring compliances.
According to him, the LCC will continue to fulfill its roles as the primary and most credible voice of the business community.
He used the occasion to applaud the Government of Liberia through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for their swift intervention in the rubber industry of Liberia.
“We applaud CBL for the various reforms to improve the financial landscape, which is a key lubricant for the smooth functioning of the private sector of our country.”
Also speaking, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, thanked the LCC and its executive for electing people who have Liberia at heart.
Ambassador Malac said the private sector is the main engine of economic growth of any country.
She urged the elected officials to push the economic development of their country, adding, “The US government will support all Liberians in the private sector.”
Attending the program were some members of the business community, representatives of the Chinese Embassy and other embassies.