President George Manneh Weah says “another reasonable way to ensure tax compliance” of his officials and government workers is to effectuate the deduction of taxes owed from the salaries of delinquent individuals.
“While the government is reaching out to multilateral and bilateral partners for support, we as citizens and particularly officials of government [must] contribute to the domestic revenue envelop by paying our taxes. That’s the only way we can fund these community projects,” he said Monday, 3 December during inspection of projects in Montserrado County.
President Weah calls on members of his cabinet and other officials of government to honor their tax obligations as to financially equip Government execute its mandate consistent with the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
President Weah’s administration has initiated dozens of community projects, principally the construction of paved roads which are largely funded from government’s meager domestic revenues.
An Executive Mansion release says President Weah wants officials of government to lead by example by paying their taxes.
He believes that it will encourage ordinary citizens to also honor their tax obligations, reminding government officials about their tax commitments and how it is significant to transforming the nation and the lives of the people of Liberia.
President Weah pleads with Liberians not to relent in paying their taxes because without paying their taxes, government cannot carry on development.Meanwhile, he expresses appreciation with the progress contractors are making to meet deadline for the completion of projects.
The President particularly acknowledges the significance of the Doe Community and Clara Town road to the residents, describing it as milestone achievement.“I am glad that these two communities are being connected today with a paved road,” he says.“The residents of these two slum communities will no more walk through the mud and swamp again as we were used to doing several years ago,” he continues.
Monday’s daylong tour, a continuation of his vigorous road inspection promise, took him to the Chucky road and Pipeline-Johnsonville road projects; the Patience Shop-Barnersville road, Doe Community-Clara Town and the Sawmill Community road projects.
He also inspected the New Kru Town Coastal Defense project.He says he is convinced that government can do more when citizens pay their taxes, and when officials of government lead by example by meeting their tax obligations. He says all over the world, “tax payment is a legally binding obligation for all, both in private and public life.”
He notes that delinquent or deviant elements do go to jail for failure to pay their taxes.President Weah warns officials of government to always be on the side of the law by paying their taxes regularly or he would be compelled to take the appropriate action.–Press release