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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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Joint Press Release between Tonga Customs, Inland Revenue and Police
15/03/2017
Tonga Customs, Inland Revenue and Tonga Police raided prominent business suspected of unlawfully importing gold jewellery
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TBEC Tax Training, 8th & 9th June 2016
24/06/2016
The Ministry was very fortunate to have been invited by TBEC to conduct one of their trainings with business enterprises which was on tax.
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Ha’apai Visit – May 2016
30/05/2016
A continuing site visit was done for Ha’apai Island from 23-27 of May and four (4) of the Officers went to complete this.
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15/11/2017
Gallery - Tax Week
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