Liberia: Breakdown in Tax Payment At MOF

Reports gathered by The New Republic on Thursday indicated that the newly installed financial system at the Ministry of Finance has broken down. The collapse of the system led to a complete halt to all tax payment; thus affecting government revenue intake for the affected period.

"This system has been down for two days now. We can not do anything here without this system," one official at the small tax ivision said. It is due to the collapse of tax payment processing machines, or automated tax system machines.

Many tax payers who went to the Ministry were told that the system was down and could not transact any business.

Early this year, the Ministry of Finance reported that it paid several thousands of United States dollars to set up the system.

"Today is the third day since the system broke down, one worker said. When this reporter contacted the Ministry spokesperson for comment, no one was available and his phone rang without any response.

"There is no system because the network is down and the technicians are working on the server," remarked an official at the Data Center who preferred anonymity.

But Mr. Albert Saab, the head of the team at the technical department of the bureau whom our reporter was referred to speak, declined to comment on grounds that a team was working to restore the system.

"He is working on the server," another member of the staff at the technical office who also refused to be identified said.

At the office of the Deputy Minister for Revenue Dr. James Kollie, he could not comment too.

One worker said; "I do not know the intent of your inquiry. I am just hearing from you that the automated system is down. We are going downstairs to verify the information you have provided."

"My view does not in anyway represent the official opinion of the office of the Deputy Minister for Revenue, though breakdown in network is a commonplace around the world."

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