Henries Law Firm Shut Down for ‘Failure to Pay Taxes’

first_imgIn its power to compel compliance with the Revenue Law, the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice on Friday, August 7, enforced the closure of the Henries Law Firm for its failure to pay real estate taxes in the amount of US$3,441.36.The law firm, located on Benson Street, is one of the oldest in the country and founded by the late former Speaker Richard A. Henries, who was among those killed by the military junta led by President Samuel K. Doe, which overthrew the William R. Tolbert presidency in 1980.The closure ordered on Friday was jointly done by court sheriffs, employees of the Real Estate Division and the legal team of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), based on a petition of temporary closure filed to the court.Several other companies including Provident Hotel on 9th was closed down on Friday for tax evasion in the tune of US$70,416.63.It took nearly two hours to effect the law firm’s closure after one ‘Momoh’ a lawyer who was in the building when the enforcement team arrived, strongly refused to leave the premises, despite several appeals from LRA’s staff.“What has government done with monies collected from taxes,” the lawyer cried in protest to the LRA’s legal team, after court officers persuaded him to come out of the building. “They are just receiving and eating the money. What could they boast about the intent of the taxes they have collected? They are going to give account in 2017.”When Mr. Momoh had left the building, LRA’s lead counsel, Atty. Max Duncan responded by saying, ”Why [would] a man who is a lawyer and an officer of the court want to prevent what the law says? Why would he allow his law firm to be shut down because of tax evasion?” “2017 or not, we are not going to be afraid. We will do our job without favoritism.“What I want him to understand is that if he fails to abide by the law, his law firm will be shut-down until they can comply with the law.” He added, “We are not going to allow any threat to intimidate us – especially from a lawyer sitting there – from carrying out this exercise. We are going to engage delinquent taxpayers like the Henries Law Firm without fear and favor.”“They are a law firm and they should be the ones protecting the law and not break it. They are officers of the court. We will continue with this exercise until lawful revenue is collected for the development of the country. They can’t hold us responsible for the action, because we held a discussion with them about their tax obligation and they failed to comply. We even posted a notice on their building informing them to make settlement of their obligation within 72hours and they again failed to take advantage of the opportunity,” adding, “It is a court order and [even] we, as lawyers, need to abide by it.”According to him, his exercise required that they provide spot audit to have the taxpayer informed about the value of the properties and also educate them about their procedure in paying taxes to government.“We are to educate the taxpayer to understand what their obligation is under the law, so that they can be a responsible taxpayer and to give them the opportunity to know how to make installment arrangements in paying their taxes. These are part of our responsibilities under the law, and we are going to do exactly just that.Commenting on closure of Provident Hotel, Atty. Duncan said that the company begged them for two hours from the time they arrived, on its premises, so that they would be able to make part payment of their US$70,416.63 obligation.“We are not going beyond the two hours they had asked for, if by 2:00 of that day, they cannot pay their obligation in the bank, we are going to shut them down,” said Atty. Duncan who said that negotiating with the hotel management was out of the question.“What they need to understand is that they should consider themselves closed for now,” he stated.According to him, while they were on Provident Hotel premises, the business owner, after a closed door discussion promised to pay US$10,000 as its installment payment.“He should have paid far lower than that, but because of his delay he is going to pay that amount into government coffers right now,” Atty. Duncan stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA unveils modernised customs system

first_img23 August 2013 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday unveiled a modernised customs management system that will reduce the cost of doing business with South Africa, boost the country’s competitiveness and exports, and promote intra-African trade. Briefing journalists at the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars’) offices in Johannesburg, Gordhan said the new system had already been implemented, and that early indications were that it had more than halved the time it takes to move goods across South Africa’s borders. The new automated customs management system centralises the clearing of all import and exports declarations using a single processing engine, replacing a multiplicity of older systems involving paper-based, manual administrative processes. “By managing customs declarations and supporting documents in electronic format, the processing of cargo movements by land, sea and air will now be much quicker and more accurate,” Gordhan said. The new system will also curb cross-border corruption, while enabling Sars to detect false declarations automatically and so to increase its revenue. “The new customs management system will have significant benefits for importers, exporters, clearing agents and trade facilitators, and will make our economy and commercial trade more competitive globally,” Gordhan said. The use of paper for end-to-end processing and declarations will be reduced by up to 95% as declarations are digitised. Supporting documentation will no longer be required, except in the case of a risk identification, and mobile inspections using iPads will be introduced. Under the previous system, it took customs officials between four and eight hours to inspect goods. Now, physical inspections will take an average of two hours. Gordhan said the new system was in line with the requirements of the National Development Plan (NDP), which stresses the importance of lowering the cost of doing business, improving exports, and linking up with other economies. “The NDP targets an increase in intra-regional trade in southern Africa from 7% to 25% of trade by 2030, and that South Africa’s trade with regional neighbours should increase from 15% of the total trade to 30%,” Gordhan said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Local Landmarks #1: The little Mermaid (Havfruen)—Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGCR5F6by Elmbaek Denmark has a long history of mermaid lore, originating with Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid (published in 1837) which made a big splash with readers everywhere. It inspired this bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, and eventually as a part of our world via Disney’s movie of the same name released in 1989. This statue became an icon along the quaint Langelinie waterfront promenade in the early 1900’s for Denmark, and is now regarded as a must-see destination for travelers worldwide.Mermaids are known for being very elusive and clever creatures, so to grab the cache successfully you need to be elusive and clever as well due to the high volume of traveling muggles. The Lock & Lock is big enough to host a few trackables and some SWAG, and is near the statue, whose fabled popularity can be proven by the sheer amount of smileys represented here. Since its publication in 2005, The Little Mermaid has logged almost 12,000 Found It logs with over 900 Favorite points scaling up to one of the most found caches of all time.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Weeks on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Copenhagen, DenmarkN 55° 41.489′ E 012° 35.937′ SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Discover the creatures of the oceansJuly 3, 2018In “News”Jardin du Tripot — Geocache of the WeekJune 13, 2018In “Community”center_img Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures have been recently spotted around the world. It’s been said they only appear in their respective habitats. Reports are pouring in from Copenhagen, Denmark, when one of the friendliest Hidden Creatures, the mermaid, breached the water’s surface to say hello near a famous landmark in her image. last_img read more

Somdev-Sanam win gold, Sania-Vishnu settle for silver

first_imgSomdev Devvarman on Monday became the first Indian to reach the men’s singles final in the history of the Asian Games before winning the men’s doubles gold with Sanam Singh but Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in the tennis competitions, in Guangzhou on Monday.It was an extremely fruitful day for Somdev as he inched closer to a historic singles gold after pipping Japan’s Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 6-7(4) 10-8 in the final.However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to second seed Taipei pair of Chan Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua.Somdev and Sanam’s gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, gold medallists of the last edition at Doha in 2006, who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London.Rohan Bopanna is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.Sania had on Sunday settled for a bronze medal in the women’s singles. At Doha Games she had won a silver in singles and had won a gold in mixed doubles with Paes.advertisementSomdev, a gold medallist at Commonwealth Games, continued to be India’s flag bearer in the men’s singles.Before him, no Indian had managed to enter men’s singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men’s singles in Asian Games.Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.Earlier, on the day, in the baseline slugfest that lasted almost two hours, second seed Somdev pocketed the opening set against Ito, ranked 195, with a measure of comfort but was then blown off the court by the fourth seed Ito, who clinched the second 6-0.Things were looking difficult for the Indian world no 106 when he and his rival traded service breaks in the first four games. Somdev then staged an excellent rally under pressure by saving two break points in the fifth game.That was the turning point as Somdev regained poise and broke his rival for the third time, this time decisively, before taking the set 6-3.Istomin was too good for third-seeded Japanese opponent Go Soeda and completed a facile 6-1 6-0 victory.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Pune: Senior police inspector, ex-corporator detained with 41 others for gambling

first_imgPune Police today detained a senior police inspector along with 41 others after they busted a gambling racket. Acting on a tip off, the police conducted a raid at Kapila Matrix towers in Mundwa area of Pune. The Additional Commissioner of Police Ravindra Sengaonkar simultaneously ordered DCP Pravin Munde of Zone II to rush to the spot with adequate police force and carry out a search operation.”As per the orders of my seniors and Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, I along with officers from Zone I and II conducted a raid at the Kapila Towers,” said DCP Pravin Munde told India Today.Police said that the search operation was difficult as the premises had hi-tech security arrangements like finger scanning and ID swapping machines.The police eventually broke into the premises.  Primary investigations revealed that the club that held poker coin games and rummy operated under the guise of a shop.Incidentally, when the police broke into the complex, the accused were engaged in illegal gambling sport of three cards. Police said that 41 accused were betting over a large sum while playing the game popularly known as ‘Teen Patti’.Senior police inspector identified as Vijay Jadhav along with the 41 others will be booked under the gambling act. The detained inspector presently holds the charge of Baramati Police station.Along with Jadhav, the police also detained ex-corporator Avinash Jadhav.  Police found out that the club was registered in the name of Jadhav. The police are presently verifying the documents.The police seized cash Rs seven lakh, four high-end vehicles and a TV amounting to about Rs one crore.advertisementAccording to the police, the racket operated in sophisticated manner and is equipped with currency counting machines, bar, digital payment mode and swanky sitting arrangements.The police recovered tobacco and poker coins in the denomination worth Rs 100, Rs 500, Rs 1000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000.last_img read more