Fresh Frozen Food Incorporated, involves in importation of poultry products here has received the 2nd Highest Value Imported Award from the Liberia Revenue Authority for paying tax for the fiscal year 2016/2017.
The business, owned by a Lebanese merchant Mr. Bilal Ibrahim, is located in Sayon Town, Bushord Island outside Monrovia. The entity receives the LRA prestigious award over the weekend at a ceremony marking the observance of Taxpayers’ Appreciation Day organized by the tax authority at the Monrovia City Hall.
Several businesses and individuals were awarded by the Government of Liberia thru the LRA for their commitment to tax payment. LRA says the taxpayer appreciation day is an indispensable annual event set aside to recognize and appreciate taxpayers whose contribution to domestic mobilization gives a very good functioning of the government.
Presenting the awards, Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai lauded the entities for being good taxpayers, stressing that this is in support of the nation’s development process.
He calls on other companies, business and individuals within the territorial confines of Liberia to be good tax compliant to promote economic growth and development.Speaking to reporters after receiving the award, the Shipping Head for Fresh Frozen Food INC. Mr. Raul Kshirsagar, dedicates the award to the company owner, Mr. Bilal Ibrahim, for adding what he calls value to the image of the business.
He notes that the award is a clear indication that their operation here is meaningful to Liberians, promising to continue providing best quality services that the people of Liberia deserve.
“This award is timely; I feel very proud to win this award; this means I am paying the lawful taxes to government, and this also means that our contribution is really working for the Liberian people and what we can say as a company is to encourage others, who are deliquent in paying their tax, because taxpaying brings about development.”
Mr. Kshirsagar, a Lebanese national, says once they are doing business in the country, they consider ourselves to be Liberians, so they must all join hands in the rebuilding of the country, saying, “How to do that is by paying our tax to LRA so they can generate revenue that will go toward building of schools, hospitals and other things.”
He admits that though the collection of tax by authorities of the LRA at times can be difficult, but they as business people, are under obligation to pay tax to enable national government to pay its employees and settle other national issues.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne