Wilfrid Albert Ossié, Director of Cabinet of Rigobert Roger Andely, Congolese Minister of Finance, Budget and Public Portfolio, launched, Friday, September 2, 2022, a campaign to extend the tax collection procedure from 2017 to 2020 periods to taxpayers in the department of Brazzaville.
He was assisted by Lambert Ifoko, Adviser in charge of taxation and customs and Séraphin Ndion, Director of General Audits and Research at the Directorate General of Taxation and State Property, representing Ludovic Itoua, Director General of Taxation and State Property.
During this information session, the representatives of the employers' Unions, the Chamber of Commerce and the consulting firms were built on the two Memos initiated by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Public Portfolio.
This was a good opportunity for taxpayers to ask a number of questions. In particular, the deadline for payment of tax debts, deemed too short (4 months) by 31 December 2022. In this regard, Lambert Ifoko felt that this period was sufficient for taxpayers. Given that the reduction in the rate of taxation of the main penalties and duties, granted by the State, is a great first in the history of the Congolese tax authorities. And so, it is a chance to seize within the prescribed deadlines.
With regard to a participant’s concern about the fate of an undertaking which has reportedly closed, the speaker recommended that the undertaking first obtain a Certificate of Cessation of Activities and then submit a request to the Recovery Commission, who would look into the matter.
Concerning the Notice of Recovery (AMR), Lambert Ifoko stressed that this document is an essential and indispensable prerequisite to benefit from the abatement measures recorded in the two Memoranda signed by the Minister (no. 0298 and 0299).
With regard to a taxpayer who has undertaken to pay his debt before 31 December 2022, but who has not fulfilled his commitment, the Adviser to the Minister of Finance specified that the Commission would initiate a procedure of forced recovery. Because a debt recognized by a taxpayer cannot be erased.
The Communication Unit of the Ministry of Finance