This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
The State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Philip Gwine Chan, has said that the state lacks taxation receipts books for South Sudan known as form 15.
“We know that we have seceded from Sudan but since we have no receipts forms for our country available to ease collection of taxes and revenues at the check points,” he explains.
He said the national ministry is providing Upper Nile State only 240 South Sudan form 15 receipts which are not enough for the vast land locked state.
“We cannot collect the revenues without receipts, it shows no transparency and that is why we are using the receipts for Sudan,” he said adding that “The receipts we are issuing now are not the one brought from Sudan, they were the excess receipts that remain in our stocks after the secession of the new borne country from her neighbouring Sudan.”
South Sudan used the Sudanese receipts of clearance for revenues collection when the country was still one, but after the referendum the Republic of South Sudan had to change its collection receipts which only afew are received.
“I talked to the National Ministry for Finance and Economic Planning in Juba describing our situation here in Upper Nile for the need of more copies of receipts which was replied by us to send the number of requested forms 15 and money,” Chan said
The minister revealed that the country lacks a printing press for production of more copies of revenues collection forms.
Upper Nile practices two types of taxes namely Government of South Sudan (GOSS) and states taxes for generating revenue and government income.
Traders and business men in Malakal in March complained of being issued two different kinds of receipts in which Sudanese receipts and South Sudanese receipts were used for taxation and clearance at Malakal port.
The Upper Nile state Governor Simon Kun Puoch last month issued a gubernatorial decree of transferring revenue and tax collection unit to the state revenue authority to curb the imposition of illegal taxes on the citizens.
However the State Deputy Governor Maj. Gen. John Ivo Mounto last month also gave an executive order stopping the National Taxation authorities from practicing what he called “illegal taxation at Malakal Port which he said was the cause of inflation in the states.