The practice of evading tax payment in East Sepik Province will come to a stop.
Governor Allan Bird said the province has missed out on internal tax revenue tuning up to about 5 million every year.
He said the East Sepik Provincial Government is now working with the Internal Revenue Commission to tightening tax laws and its process of payment.
Governor Bird said it has been a practice for business houses in Wewak to travel to Port Moresby and pay tariffs owed to the province. He says this is a reason why the internal revenue for the province has been unstable over the past 5 years.
Starting early next month, a series of inspections will be done. Governor Bird says a significant funding is also captured in the 2018 budget to support this inspection exercise.
Governor Bird said joint efforts with the Internal Revenue Commission Office will see a change in how businesses pay tax to the Provincial Government. He says this is a wakeup call for the business community in Wewak.