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Liberia Revenue Authority wins Lonestar in tax case

Arthur Douglas
LRA Director-General, Alfreda Tamba
LRA Director-General, Alfreda Tamba

(elbcradio.com/Sept. 21, 2015)-The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has won a US$19.2 million tax case against the Lonestar Cell/MTN, after more than two years of legal battle.

In his final ruling, Tax Court Judge, Mozart Chesson, mandated Lonestar Cell/MTN to pay the taxes into the Liberian Government’s coffers.
According to a release, Judge Chesson ordered the GSM Company to pay the amount on grounds that it failed to exhaust the appeal process.

The Tax Court also blamed Lonestar for not taking appeal upon receiving the notice for payment at the then Ministry of Finance.

LRA Legal Counselor, Eric Morlu, expressed delight over the ruling while Lonestar Cell/MTN has taken an appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia.
The case reached the Tax Court, after both parties rejected the decision of the Board of Tax Appeal that Lonestar Cell Company should pay US$1.9-milion.

The release says, the Revenue Authority insisted that US$19.2-million was due the Government by Lonestar, while the company further rejected the BOTA’s ruling, claiming it owed no taxes.

 


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