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In Sierra Leone, parastatals owe NRA Billions

In Sierra Leone, parastatals owe NRA Billions

About twenty-five parastatals are reported to owe the National Revenue Authority (NRA) billions of Leones in the form of accumulated taxes which they have failed to pay over the years.

This information was relayed to Sierra Express Media by the Commissioner, Goods and Services Tax, (GST) department, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, during an exclusive interview with this reporter recently at his Glavick House office, Wellington Street, Freetown.

The NRA Commissioner revealed that 70%  of the debt owed to the Authority is being owed by the parastatals, adding that the indebted parastatals have paid only Le8 Billion. He disclosed plans to name and shame all the indebted parastatals very soon.

Commissioner Kamara further informed that private institutions owe NRA Le26 Billion, noting that some of the heavily indebted institutions deliberately change their addresses to avoid paying their debts.

On several occasions, he went on, some criminally-minded heads of the indebted private institutions have been attempting to escape with their debts but the NRA chases and arrests them, dragging them to the police and squeezing them to pay their debts.

By Raymond Bai Kamara

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