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News & Media Releases
Joint Customs & Police Operation
15/08/2019
On 10th August 2019, a Customs led Joint Operation with Tong Police carried out search under warrant of approximately 20 premises believed to be selling and storing illegal cigarettes and other illegal items.The premises targeted in the Operation included a mixture of retail and wholesale outlets as well as private premises across Tongatapu’s Central and Western Districts. Given the magnitude of this Operation, a total of approximately 100 law enforcement Officers from Customs and Police were tasked to carry out the simultaneous searches at all the premises
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CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON THE USE POINT OF SALE REGISTER
22/05/2019
The Ministry of Revenue and Customs, this morning commenced its consultation workshops with the first group of selected taxpayers regarding the use of point of sale registers in their businesses. This is the first of the 3 groups selected for the first round of consultation on the topic.
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World Customs Day 2019
13/02/2019
The theme for this year’s International Customs Day is SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport. This reflects the fact that the expectations of travellers and businesses around the world are changing. As technology opens doors to new ways of communicating and doing business, there is a responsibility in the international customs community to facilitate global exchange in new ways.
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Tax Week Launching Press Release
16/10/2018
The Minister of Revenue and Customs, Hon. Māteni Tapueluelu, yesterday morning, launched the 2018 Tax Week with the theme, “Let’s Work Together for a Safer and Prosperous Tonga”. This was held at the Digicel Square, Nuku’alofa and attended by government Ministers, Embassy officials, Church leaders, CEOs, Town Officers and members of the business community and general public.
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HON. SEMISI SIKA’S TAX AFFAIRS
10/07/2018
The Ministry of Revenue and Customs would like to clarify that the contents of the article published on the Talaki Newspaper, issue of the 8th May 2018, page 3, claiming that the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Semisi Sika owes tax to Government in the millions, is false.
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Media Release - Ministry of Revenue & Customs Tax Week 2017
7/11/2017
The Minister of Revenue and Customs, Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa opened the Ministry’s Tax Week 2017 on Monday last week 16th October 2017, at the Digicel Sqaure in Nuku’alofa. The program for the day also saw the official launching of the Ministry’s very first moving visual advertisement which is now being broadcasted on National Television Tonga
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Media Release - The Heilala Tax System
14/08/2017
The Ministry of Revenue and Customs is pleased to announce its newest compliance initiative, the TONGA HEILALA TAX SYSTEM. This is a reward system whereby the Ministry dedicates high standard and prioritized services to its deserving selected members.
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Temporary Close Down of Business for Non-Compliance with Tax Obligations
10/07/2017
The Ministry of Revenue and Customs, on Tuesday morning 13th of June 2017, conducted its first temporary close down operation for 2017. The taxpayer involved is a company that owns and operates 4 retail shops each located at Ma’ufanga, Pea, Ha’akame and Fatai. The shops were simultaneously closed by 4 teams consisted of revenue officers and police officers.
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Customs Launches Investigation into New Law-Breaking Behaviour
5/04/2017
Customs has uncovered incidents of companies importing goods under alternate/incorrect company names. This is in direct violation of the Customs & Excise Management Act 2007.
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Asia Environmental Enforcement Award Recognizes Crime Fighters
28/05/2015
Tonga Customs one of the first recipients of the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award announced 20 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Fighting Corruption
27/05/2015
The Customs & Trade Division of the Ministry of Revenue and Customs is playing a crucial role in Governments efforts towards implementing policies which create a working environment and public service free of corruption.
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Ministry of Revenue & Customs - New CEO
31/03/2015
The Ministry welcomes its new CEO, Mr. ‘Anisi Bloomfield who had started working beginning 30th March 2015
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NEW Government Investment Incentives Bulletin
12/08/2014
The Tongan Government is now introducing further initiatives to support the private sector including streamlining business licence schemes and tax incentives.
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Small Business Tax - English & Tongan Version
7/08/2014
There have been changes to the Income Tax Law and the Ministry of Revenue & Customs wants to help you. HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE NEW SMALL BUSINESS TAX? If not, let me briefly outline what it is and what it means for you?
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Launching of the Revenue Management System 7
7/08/2014
The Ministry of Revenue & Customs is pleased to announce that with the assistance of the Australian Government, the Ministry’s IT system known as the Revenue Management System (RMS 5), in operation since 2005, has today been officially upgraded to the latest version, RMS 7.
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National Workshop on WTO Valuation Agreement
5/12/2013
The Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) in collaboration with Ministry of Revenue & Customs conducted a National Workshop on WTO Valuation Agreement to Tonga Customs Officials and the Stakeholders from 4th to 15th November 2013.
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Proposed Small Business Tax
9/10/2013
The public are advised that the Government is proposing to amend the Income Tax Act 2007 by introducing a new taxing regime for small businesses
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New Duty and Excise Tax Rates to Encourage Health Living
9/10/2013
This is to advise that at the instigation and support of the Ministry of Health, His Majesty’s Cabinet has approved the following new duty and excise tax rates for these selected goods
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Concealled Tobacco Seizure
9/10/2013
On early Tuesday the 22nd of January Customs Officers seized a large consignment of illegal tobacco concealed as commercial tea from China.
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Uncustomed Goods Seizure
9/10/2013
On early Tuesday morning the 4th of September Customs Officers seized a large number of items that had being moved without Customs authorization from an overseas vessel whilst it was in Nuku’alofa port.
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15TH Oceania Customs Organisation Annual Conference
9/10/2013
The Customs and Trade Division of the Ministry of Revenue, is hosting the 15th Oceania Customs Organisation Annual Conference in Tonga from the 29th April to the 3rd of May 2013.
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Farewell from Head of Customs
25/07/2013
Farewell from David Sadler
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Expressions of Interest - Tax Tribunal
3/09/2007
The Ministry of Finance is calling for expressions of interest from persons who wish to become members of the Tax Tribunal.
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Tonga modernises Customs and Tax Laws
26/06/2007
Tonga reached a major milestone this week with the passing into law of major Acts which are part of the Government’s revenue reform programme.
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Latest Customs Bills 2006
9/10/2006
Customs have released the latest Bills to the public which include: the Customs & Excise Management Bill 2006; Customs Bill 2006 and Excise Tax Bill 2006
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Customs Newsletter - August 2006
16/09/2006
The Customs Service has released their first Newsletter for the year. The newsletter outlines the latest activities within the Service and will be released on a quaterly basis.
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Discussion Document - Income Tax
26/08/2006
A discussion document on the proposed changes to the Kingdom's Income Tax is being released to the public seeking feedback.
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CT Newsletter - August 2006
25/08/2006
This is the first of what we intend to be a quarterly newsletter. In this newsletter we will tell you about Inland Revenue services, topical issues and tax law changes. Please pass this newsletter on to the person who deals with CT in your business.
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Border control authorities join forces to maximise border security
1/08/2006
The Minister of Finance and Chief Commissioner of Revenue opened the Border Agency Forum in Nuku’alofa today which aims to ensure Tonga’s borders are properly secured.
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Public Notice - Customs Auction
24/07/2006
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Fishing Industry workshop on CT
15/06/2006
Yesterday, the Revenue Services Department (RSD) large business division held a workshop for the fishing industry
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World Customs Organisation
6/06/2006
On the occasion of your national day, the World Customs Organization joins me in wishing you, your staff and their families our sincerest best wishes on this very auspicious event.
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Status Report on Customs
26/05/2006
The Minister of Finance has released a Cabinet submission on the “Report on the Australia/NZ Funding Customs Programme” provided by the Head of Customs Ms Lee Deegan.
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Income Tax Bill - Public Submissions
20/05/2006
The Minister of Finance, Hon. Siosiua T.T. ‘Utoikamanu has released the Income Tax Bill for public consultation.
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Customs and Excise Bill - Public Submission
20/05/2006
The Minister of Finance, Hon. Siosiua T.T. ‘Utoikamanu has released the Customs and Excise Bill for public consultation. This Bill relates to the collection of revenue, management of Customs and other Customs related matters.
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CT reduces prices in corner dairies
2/05/2006
A survey conducted in May last year and April this year found that CT has reduced the price of goods in the corner dairies.
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New Customs Vessel
2/05/2006
An AusAID-funded vessel, the boat will used by Customs Officers to track down any foreign vessels that are harbouring without proper and legal clearance. It will also allow officers to board and survey ships that have yet to enter the harbour, if necessary.
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Gallery - Tax Week
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