Future members of Tax Appeal Commission undergoing training
The members who will make up the new Tax Appeal Commission are currently undergoing training in order to eventually hear the appeals of tax cases.
The members come from a section of the Department of Inland Revenue now known as the VAT (value-added tax) Appeal Commission. The body is proposed to become the Tax Appeal Commission under the new Tax Appeal Commission Bill, 2019.
According to a release, the group is currently engaged in a week-long workshop intended to bring the office closer to mobilization.
“The training takes place July 1-5 and underscores the purpose of the bill,” the release notes.
“The commission will also gain knowledge around the various acts that they will have to hear appeals from such as the VAT Act, Business Licence Act, Stamp Tax Act and the Real Property Tax Act.”
According to the release, the workshop is being conducted by Robert Olding, senior managing partner of finance training solutions in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) legal department.
Legal Compliance Consultant in the Department of Inland Revenue Patricia Jackson in the release said, “The training is intended to familiarize members of the commission with the various functions and mandates of the unit while teaching them the fundamentals of tax law.”
She added: “Involved in the training are persons from the Department of Inland Revenue, the Customs Department, and persons from the Public Treasury, who will be responsible for handling matters that will be presented to the commission.”
The Tax Appeal Commission Bill, 2019 is designed to consolidate the tax appeals process for all the major taxes.