|Tax Court Judge Vows To Dispense Justice|
|Published on August 04, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
By Marcus Zoleh
One of the senior government prosecutors now judge of the Tax Court of Liberia has vowed to ensure justice to all parties that appear before the court.
Speaking at the formal opening ceremony of the Tax Court of Liberia at the Temple of Justice, the former Deputy Minister of Justice, Eva Mappy Morgan said the court will give equal legal protection to all parties appearing before it in as much as it wants to ensure that justice is equally dispensed.
Judge Morgan also noted that while it is true that the court will ensure justice for all, it is equally important for all tax payers to take advantage of their tax obligation to avoid strenuous and embarrassing situations for themselves.
She however called on all tax payers to always comply in clearing up their tax obligations with government, adding that without the adequate timely payment of taxes the government will not meet up with its responsibilities to the citizens.
At the same time, Assistant Justice Minister for Taxation, Aaron Kparkillen has lauded President Sirleaf for appointing a resident judge of the Tax Court which has been dormant for several years.
Cllr. Kparkillen said the government through it prosecuting arm will make sure that those in the habit of evading taxes are brought to justice. He added that the Justice Ministry will prosecute anyone who is caught evading the tax law of Liberia regardless of the personality.
In a strong worded remark, Cllr. Kparkillen said the Justice Ministry is prepared to bring to book anyone caught breaching the tax law of Liberia.
He noted that the court is not an enemy to tax payers, but is intended to make sure that people do not evade the paying of taxes which are cardinal to the development of the country.
Tax Court has not been functional for the past five years. This has made it difficult to bring to book those constantly evading the tax law of Liberia.
Meanwhile, fourteen cases are currently on the docket of the court for this August term of court.