Private Sector Raises Concerns about Tax Appeal, VAT Refund




Representatives from the private sector complain that the tax appeal procedure and VAT refund practice that Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authorities (ERCA) follows is cumbersome and unfair.

Appeals would have been more credible had they been extended to 60 days than just 30 days as is the case now, the representatives said. Appeals should rather be forwarded to independent people like university professors and others than ERCA officers, who they say are often biased.

These complaints were raised on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Desalegn Hotel, when the Seventh Ethiopian Public Private Consultative Forum (EPPCF) organized by the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) opened.

The tax refund, representatives said, take up to eight months. This, they said, needed to be rectified.

Beker Shale, director general of Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA) with a ministerial portfolio, who co-chaired the meeting responded to questions and concerns from the representatives.

The Forum’s Secretariat made over 20 recommendations towards a better tax appeal procedure and VAT refund practice. These include revising some of the existing laws and regulations, establishing committees to oversee appeal procedures and building the capacity of staffs at ERCA.



Published on March 23,2014 [ Vol 14 ,No 725]


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