Revenue and Customs

MINISTRY OF REVENUE & CUSTOMS

WHO ARE WE

The Inland Revenue Division (IRD) of the Ministry of Revenue is responsible for the collection of tax revenue for the government. The IRD works closely with all sectors of the economy to ensure they understand the tax system as well as legal requirements.

OUR MISSION

  • Maximise on a timely basis the collection of government revenue. Revenue collection is the most significant function of the IRD Resources are employed to gear up revenue collection effectively and efficiently.
  • To improve, encourage and strengthen compliance with the tax legislations and regulations. The backbone of IRD tax administration is to develop incentives convincing taxpayers of the mutual benefits of voluntary compliance with all tax legislation.
  • Quick, responsive and impartial in servicing taxpayers. IRD must act quickly in servicing taxpayers, collecting revenue and must be impartial in carrying out their tasks.
  • Deal innovatory with non-compliance, tax evasion and tax avoidance. Tax evasion and avoidance are two major constraints facing IRD, and the Department must act appropriately and innovatory with these problems.

 

EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE

MINISTER FOR REVENUE & CUSTOMS: Hon. Tevita Lavemaau

CEO OF REVENUE & CUSTOMS: Mr. 'Anisi Bloomfield

DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMS: Mr. Kelemete vahe

 

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Divisions are: Large Business, Small Business, Technical Services and Corporate Services.

ROLES & FUNCTION

The major role of IR is to collect taxes to fund Government's operations. This role must be carried out in such a way that the IR administration is recognised as being fair and carrying out its duties with integrity and a high level of professionalism.

The basic functions of IRD includes:

  • Administering of tax legislation and regulations.
  • Collecting of all tax revenues due to the Government in accordance with the Tax legislation.
  • Issuing of taxpayer's tax assessments.
  • Settling of taxpayer's objections by taxpayers in accordance with tax legislation
  • Providing tax services and assistance to taxpayers.

LEGISLATION

IRD operates within the following legislation:

  • Income Tax Act (2007)
  • Revenue Services Administration Act (2002) as amended
  • Consumption Tax Act (2003) as amended
  • Public Finance management Act (2002)

REVENUE HEAD OFFICE IN NUKU'ALOFA:

QUEENS SALOTE EX-STUDENTS CENTER
Railway Rd
P.O Box 7
Nuku'alofa
Ph: +676 23 444
Fax: +676 26 638

Vava'u Regional Office:

REVENUE OFFICE
P.O Box 114
Neiafu/ Vava'u
Ph: +676 70 034
Fax: +676 70 857

Ha'apai Regional Office:

REVENUE OFFICE
Holopeka Rd.
Pangai, Ha'apai
Ph: +676 60 456

Enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.revenue.gov.to



Tonga Customs Service - Operation "Bullet"

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30 July 2010 - The Customs & Trade Division of the Ministry for Revenue Services has been undertaking an operation targeting high risk sea freight consignments to detect the introduction of counterfeit goods, under-valued or misdescribed goods and other breaches of Customs legislation. The Honourable Sione Teisina Fuko, Minister for Revenue advised today that operation "Bullet" had been operating since ih June 2010.

"The operation has been an outstanding success" the Minister said. "Since its commencement customs staffhave seized $330,000 worth of goods, in addition to counterfeit cosmetics, DVDs, and sporting equipment. The operation is continuing with Tonga customs being supported by technical advisers from New Zealand and Australia." The Minister said that Operation "Bullet" is an important element of an overall thrust to improve the compliance of the trading community with customs legislation and requirements. Importers who breach customs' law will have their consignments seized, and they also face the risk of prosecution, and possibly having their business licences revoked as a consequence.

The Minister advised that importers should ensure that only documents that accurately portray the value and contents oftheir consignments are lodged with Customs. Any documents that are detected as being untrue or misrepresentative of the actual contents or value of a particular consignment, will automatically result in that importation being seized. The Minister also advised that seized goods would not be disposed of through auction, but destroyed. 'This prevents recalcitrant traders from regaining possession oftheir goods" he said.

The Minister said "A level playing field is important for the trading community, to be able to operate without unfair competition from unscrupulous traders who flaunt customs laws. Customs will conliln~o take strong action against illegal activity with my full support"

Released and Authorised by the Hon. Sione Teisina Fuko, Minister for Revenue.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Revenue,  P.O Box 502, Railway Rd, Nuku'alofa Telephone: (676) 21030 Fax: (676) 26 638 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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