Govt. publishes 'white paper' on tax commission's report - The Gambian government has published a 'white paper' on the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Evasion and other Corrupt Practices, PANA learnt here Thursday.
In a statement, the Gambian government said it had accepted the recommendations made by the commission that looked into cases of tax evasion and other corrupt practices from 1999 to 2011.
'The findings made against individuals and companies in the Report are therefore binding and must be complied with,' the statement noted.
The government urged affected individuals and companies to settle their debts as indicated in the Report and accepted in the 'White Paper'.
'For the avoidance of doubt, any compromises or negotiations on the findings and recommendations are unlawful and null and void,' the statement reiterated.
It was further pointed out that only the commission’s findings and recommendations as accepted in the Government White Paper have legal force 'except as may be varied by the Court of Appeal of The Gambia'.
The Commission was created by the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, in November 2011 to look into tax evasion and other corrupt practices of companies, medical practitioners, accountants and other professionals as well as institutions that are required to pay tax