MIRA searches premises of a defaulting taxpayer in Kulhudhuffushi under a search warrant

MIRA has searched the premises of Jaufar Ali, Vaguthu, Hdh. Kulhudhuffushi under a search warrant from the Tax Appeal Tribunal. MIRA entered and investigated four shops, “Oivaali” shop, “Sufuraa Mathi” Café’, Oivaali Construction Carpentry Office and J.A Rentals, starting from 11am today morning.

In the search conducted, MIRA officials obtained documents and other evidences that can help in calculating the tax amount owed by Mohamed Faisal, and build the case against the suspected offender. The business premises of Jaufar Ali were searched under the suspicion of tax evasion based on information given by an individual.

Clause 36(a) of the Tax Administration Act states that if there is a suspicion that an offence involving serious fraud in relation to tax is being, or is about to be committed, and if there is evidence that such an offence is being committed, and if the MIRA believes that evidence of it is to be found on premises specified in the information relating to tax, the MIRA may request the President of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, or the member who at that time is undertaking the responsibilities of the President, to issue a warrant to enter such premises.

This is the 2nd investigation undertaken by MIRA in 2016. Earlier this month, MIRA has also entered the premises of a business in Gn. Fuvahmulakh. MIRA has sent 8 cases for criminal prosecution to the Prosecutor General Office under the suspicion of tax evasion.

22 Feb 16