NRA shuts down Smart Mobile Company
The National Revenue Authority (NRA) just few weeks ago when they announced that they plans to take punitive actions against companies and businesses that have defaulted on tax payments on Thursday 19th November, 2015 shut down the Smart Mobile Company Lumley Headquarters as one of their defaulters until the company fulfilled its tax obligations which is part of NRA action in a bid to reducing unpaid taxes in the country. The closure of the mobile company did not only bring shame to customers but staff as well who thought the company is well capable of fulfilling its obligations not only to staff but the country. NRA Finance Director, Abdulai Conteh said during the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators conference in Malaysia, tax indebtedness was identified as a major challenge to revenue collection in the world especially Sierra Leone. He further stated that while the NRA is encouraging tax payers to meet their tax obligations voluntarily, it remains ready to enforce tax laws against defaulters including closure of businesses with tax arrears.
He stressed that it is not the intention of the Authority to put people out of business but that those whose premises are in the process of being closed down just like the case of Smart Mobile are those whose arrears have accumulated overtime and refused to settle their tax liabilities despite several reminders to clear outstanding debts. The question now on the lips of many Sierra Leoneans is whether the Smart Mobile Company will stand the test of time to fulfill the high hopes they promised to both their staff and customers. A business expert told this medium that any good company must be able to pay its taxes and salaries of staff.
It is also reported that at the start of their operations here Smart Mobile Company staff allegedly cried for months for their salaries and now the company’s office has been shut down by NRA for taxes in which several developed countries generate their revenue for the development of their countries. Most subscribers who witnessed the closure of the office have been asking whether Smart would not be like the Comium mobile company that was forced to close because it couldn’t meet its fees and taxes among other arrears.
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