Tax Court Blames LRA for Tax Evaders

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Amid criticisms of the Tax Court’s inability to enforce its ruling against tax evaders, causing the government to lose millions of United States dollars, Judge Mozart Chesson yesterday blamed the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).

Judicial experts, especially tax prosecutors, have resolved to ask the Supreme Court to replace Judge Chesson, claiming “he has failed miserably.”

The LRA is the public entity empowered with the mandate to collect government taxes from delinquent taxpayers.

Judge Chesson told journalists in his office yesterday to authenticate the allegation, noting “It is not the court’s duty to collect government taxes; it is the LRA that has the mandate to do so.”

“Go back to your sources that confided in you; this court is not responsible to collect any government taxes,” he said. The court, according to its mandate, was established to help in the enforcement of government’s tax collection.

However, Judge Eva Mappy Morgan during her tenure at the Tax Court managed to compel tax evaders to meet their obligations, according to available records.

Judge Morgan in 2012 was successful in recouping millions of United States dollars in tax related cases, during her time at the Tax Court. However she could not enforce her rulings against several delinquent taxpayers.

Delinquent taxpayers that were held liable by Judge Morgan, according to court records, included Lone Star Communications Corporation (US$2.37million), Venture Industrial Corporation (US$24,152.94) and Reden Inc. (US$14,590.95).

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