Central Equatoria State Government Launches Massive Revenue Collection Strategy

Michael Amule, the Commissioner General of the State Revenue Authority briefed the members appointed as part of the committee formed consisting of four clusters about the revenue collection plans. [Waakhe Simon Wudu]

Michael Amule, Commissioner General of the CES Revenue Authority briefed the members who have been appointed as part of the committee formed consisting of four clusters.

The A-D cluster all holding different tasks with the objective to raise revenue for the state government and track down illegal and unregulated businesses in the city.

“Its today Monday[ that we are launching the operation of the State action to mobilize resources,” Amule said.

The committee is consisting of 92 members led by members of strategic Institutions; Ministry of Finance, Housing and Infrastructure, Information and other senior officials of relevant Ministries and institutions including security personnel.

He outlined them as the hotel industries, factories which includes; water, stone quarrying, brick makers, alcohol, bakeries among others.

He said the taskforce in-charge of businesses will have to scrutinize their taxation documents, permits among other requirements.

Amule said some of the factories and hotels have not been constructed in designated areas by government, many have not been registered escaping taxes and their businesses have not been approved by the authorities responsible.

The private banks, money exchangers and transfer institutions, plots on lease, commercial buildings whether built at right places and have the necessary legalities, installations of antennas among others are also targeted.

A five percent development tax will be levied on bus fares.

He also said the operation will target government officials who have turned government buildings that are being given to them for residential use and turned some other parts into businesses like constructing buildings for rent and shops, he mentioned.

What remains unclear is how the State and the Juba City Council has defined the boundaries of their policies to avoid overlapping as it may risk increasing the cost of living for residents.

The operation is strategized to last for 60 days minimum, he said.

The order decreed by the Governor came following unrealized efforts of tax collection by the State after the National Government centralized several of the revenue collections last year, rendering the state with little revenue collections.

Central Equatoria State had become the first state to accuse the national government of failing to fulfill the agreement reached with all the states during the centralization of the revenue collections last year.

The National Government according to the states had failed to give them their percentage after the centralization of the revenue collections.

The economic war was resolved early this year between the National Ministry of Finance and the States’ Ministries of Finance.

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