MIRA files case against Giraavaru Tourist Resort

The claim submitted to the Civil Court by the MIRA for the recovery of outstanding Lease Rent Fine with respect to Giraavaru Tourist Resort, owned by Mr. Abdul Rauf was rejected by court and judgment passed against the MIRA on 12 January 2012 (Civil Court Gazziyya Number 1479/Cv-C/2011). With respect to this verdict, there has been some public confusion as to the powers of the MIRA to collect non tax revenue.

MIRA lost the claim since it was filed under the Tax Administration Act (Law No. 3/2010). However an Amendment was passed by the Parliament to the said Act giving the MIRA powers to collect non-tax revenue. This Amendment was ratified by the President and published in the Government Gazette right after the hearings for the case was dismissed.

Therefore the MIRA is of the opinion that they have the legal jurisdiction to claim non-tax revenue. Further the MIRA have re-filed the same claim with the Civil Court against Mr.Abdul  Rauf under the First Amendment to the Tax Administration Act (Law No. 14/2011).

05 Feb 12