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Parliament passes provision allowing MIRA to seek fines at court

Mariyam Malsa
30 November 2020, MVT 13:40
Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA). The parliament approved an amendment to the Tax Administration Act granting MIRA additional rights. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
30 November 2020, MVT 13:40

The parliament, on Sunday, approved the amendment to the Tax Administration Act that allows Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to raise civil cases at court in order to collect tax-related fines.

The amendment was passed with 56 votes after being reviewed by the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs.

Submitted by the state, the provision enables MIRA to collect payments on behalf of the government in addition to tax from individuals or legal entities as per regulations or agreements.

According to the amendment, signed documents from the Commissioner General of Taxation which include a taxpayer's name, address and the details of the outstanding tax amount would be considered legal proof.

Furthermore, the recently passed provision also details guidelines under which sensitive information can be exchanged with foreign countries or regional tax regulatory bodies as per international conventions and agreements signed by Maldives.

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