Tax collectors stopped from shutting shops
By Kidega Livingstone
The Juba City Council authority has ordered all tax collectors to restrain from shutting shops of business people who failed to pay their taxes.
The city tax collectors on many occasions close shops of tax defaulters in the city for weeks to allow them pay taxes to the authority.
But traders have been informed not to allow any tax collector to close their shop in case they have not paid the money needed by the government.
We have said that nobody should close the shops if you don’t have money to pay just tell them (the authority of Juba City Council) to wait and you should also be committed so that they don’t take action on you,” said the Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure Development, Thiik Thiik Mayardit.
He spoke on Wednesday during a meeting with traders at Juba City Council Legislative Assembly Hall.
Thiik noted that some people pretending to be officials from Juba City Council collect taxes from traders illegally.
“You should be vigilant enough because some people are going to the market in the name of Juba City Council to collect money,” he cautioned.
On his part, the Director for Revenue at Juba City Council, Arkangelo Wani said he would direct tax collectors to cooperate with the traders during revenue collection.
“We are going to cooperate with you because without you the traders we shall not get anything. We really need your cooperation and ours as well,” Wani said.
The Chairperson of Juba City Legislative Assembly, Peter Loro Paulino advised traders not to increase the prices in the market due to the taxes.
“Let us be together because when we come together we shall solve all the problems we are facing,” said Loro.
Lino Abraham, a trader at Custom Market said that officials from Juba City Council were not following the tax rates.
“We are facing a lot of problems because if you are supposed to pay 5,000 they will add to 7,000 and if you tell them to wait they end up closing your shop which is not good for us,” Lino said.