An American non-profit organization, Children’s Wish Foundation International (CWFI), has appealed to the government to waive taxes on items it brings into the country for humanitarian purpose.
CWFI is piloting its humanitarian programs in Liberia and many other African countries.
CWFI’s Chief Field Agent, Victor N. Garpulee, told the Daily Observer that his appeal for a tax waiver comes against the backdrop that clearing goods imported to the country for the organization’s work has become costly and sometimes difficult.
“CWFI-USA in March 2015 sent us used clothes, toys, among others items, worth US$13,500 through one of the local cargo carriers. But we only succeeded on September 2, 2016 to clear the items from the Roberts International Airport (RIA), a situation that caused us to lose so much money while in the process of clearing the items,” Garpulee said.
He said items sent to them were not for business purposes.
“All the things are intended for us to give to at least 700 children who lost their parents during the Ebola outbreak and other people who are in need of help,” he said.
The items, he explained, will be distributed in Margibi and Grand Bassa counties very shortly.
Garpulee also appealed to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to consider reducing or cancelling tax payments on items meant to help the suffering population.
A communication from the office of the USA Director of CWFI said the entity would appreciate it if government drops taxes on imported humanitarian goods.