22 May 2014

Liberia: Efficient Logistics Denies Tax Evasion Charges From Legislature

Monrovia — The House of Representatives on Tuesday through a committee reported that it found evidence that Efficient Logistics is involved in tax evasion, but the company has reacted to the claim denying that it is not involved in such practice.

"Efficient Logistic Services has denied that it is involved in tax evasion. The company clarified that it is up to date on its taxes and financial obligations to the government and has at no time attempted to evade or avoid taxes. The company stated that a legislative committee set up to investigate its contract with NEC for the Voters Roll Update, had recommended to plenary that vehicles that were used in the process that did not have proper registration be made to register and pay fines and other fees where necessary", a statement from Efficient Logistic Services stated.

The company stated its continuing interest in upholding the rule of law and said it welcomes the decision of the legislative committee and also announced that the process of updating the registration of all the vehicles used in the process has already commenced and is to be completed shortly.

Efficient Logistic Services explained that the vehicle registration does not belong to the company, but to private owners, explaining that these private owners come from all parts of the country including very remote locations.

"The company's intention is hiring locally based vehicles was to help stimulate the local economies and include diverse groups of people in the process. Unfortunately, some of these vehicles have not updated registration due to distance from Monrovia and other factors/ These private owners are being required by the company to be fully compliant with government prior to receiving full payments under their agreements with the company" the release concluded.

The House of Representatives joint Committees on Judiciary and Elections submitted its report to plenary accusing the company of tax evasion. The committee in its report charged the Ministry of Finance and Transport with the responsibility to ensure that the fines and overdue taxes are collected from the company to be deposited into government coffers.

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