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Whistleblower rewarded by FRCA

February 10, 2016 10:10 pm

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority has rewarded a whistleblower $14,500.

Acting Chief Executive Visvanath Das says the information provided by the whistleblower led to the successful recovery of more than $145,000 in omitted Value Added Tax and penalties.

This payment is made under the FRCA Whistleblower policy which came into effect in 2012.

Das says the whistle blower provided valuable information to the Authority and it was ascertained that a well-established Suva business falsified its Value Added Tax returns.

FRCA detected the falsification of Value Added Tax from the business’ accounting system software.

The individual has asked for his identity to remain protected as the whistleblower is still to provide valuable information on more Tax/Customs fraud.

Das says FRCA has imposed severe penalties and fines for tax offenders and people need to understand the importance of voluntary Tax compliance

The Acting CEO says anyone with evidence of a business or taxpayer committing Tax or Customs fraud can call FRCA and potentially receive a monetary reward.