Alison Samuel Taligi, the Acting Director of Revenue for Juba City Council (R)

Juba City Council official defends tax regime despite public outcry

Juba city council has moved to deny public accusation of illegal multiple taxation, saying they are conducting business within the legal tax procedures under the constitution.

Alison Samuel Taligi, the Acting Director of Revenue for Juba City Council, said that the national constitution of South Sudan Article 166 empowers them to levy or charge taxes in return for basic services and development.

“We are taxing according to the law that has been scheduled by our government, the taxes that we are taxing are not very high, and the changes cannot be more than one percent, I can recall one of them is that the service fees for the pharmacy was 50,000 SSP and we made it 41,000 SSP,” Taligi told The Juba Echo.

Taligi disclosed local governments only receives taxes inform of land fee and operational license.

“As government, the national government has their own taxes, the state government has their own taxes and we the local government have our own taxes, the local government has right to tax and charge fees,” he said.

“We made harmonization, what the state government taxes, we the local governments do not tax and we came down on our rate schedule and we iron out all that are supposed to be taxed by the state government,” he added.

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