The lawyer representing Musa Bility has again failed to appear before the Tax Court to complete the full payment of US$47,700, which constitutes 25% of US$190,800 tax due government.
The money also includes 6 percent interest, according to the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice.
Cllr. Theophilus Gould, representing Bility, was expected to appear at the court on October 24 to make final payment of the 25 percent tax debt, but to date Cllr. Gould is yet to do so.
Interestingly, the Court is relenting to compel Bility to pay government’s legitimate tax.
Bility is the owner of Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises and president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).
A similar request was made on August 6, 2012, when Bility’s lawyer assured the court that they were going to pay the amount of US$47,700 which constitutes 25 percent of the total judgment of US$190,800.
He has paid US$25,000 out of the US$47,700.
At the court hearing last week, Cllr. Gould again pleaded for October 24 to complete the payment of the remaining US$ 22,700.
Pleading at the court hearing, Cllr. Gould was heard saying ” Due to arrangements put in place to ensure payment is made on October 24, after which other appropriate measures will be taken to settle the full amount.”
However, Cllr. Gould and Bility are yet to appear before the court to complete the 25 percent payment.
Their latest action came as a result of a request by government lawyers praying the court to order the immediate closure of the company.
In their request, government lawyers contend that because of Bility’s “blatant failure and refusal” to pay its legitimate tax dating from the court’s judgment in 2012 up to present, that his company face immediate closure.
In 2012, the court declared the company liable (guilty) in the amount of US$180,000, after Bility admitted to evading tax payments for several years.
The case started on May 3, 2010 when government filed a complaint against Gulf Trading and Srimex Enterprises, claiming that the company failed to pay overdue and outstanding duties owed in the amount of US$180,000 including 6 percent interest.
Bility admitted to the allegation and made stipulation on how he would pay the money.