The Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Alieu Sesay, has told legal practitioners that if they fail to adhere to their taxes their names will be made public.
He made this statement on Friday while addressing legal practitioners at the Law Courts building as to why they should comply with their taxes.
He added that legal practitioners should take the lead in educating the public about their rights and responsibilities, adding that he wanted each and every lawyer to fill in their returns and pay their taxes.
Mr Sesay informed them that Judges, Magistrates, Justice of Peace, prisons and police officers benefited from tax payers’ money.
The commissioner general revealed that a unit would soon be set up that would help legal practitioners how to pay their taxes.
The deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, said legal practitioners who run law firms should also pay corporate tax and that legal practitioner workers who were paid Le 125,000 must also pay as they earn tax.
He informed them that they should charge 10% sales tax on clients who sell property and those records on that should be made and sent to NRA for records.
Mr Kamara revealed that if they failed to pay within the stipulated time, their taxes would be multiple by the months or years they did not pay and if they failed by paying that their offices would be closed.
However, the deputy Commissioner outlined some of the consequences against people who fail to adhere to their tax obligations.
The president of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Crispin Edwards, said there were two categories of legal practitioners: the rich and poor.
He stated that there were some lawyers who came to court every day and some that didn’t.
However some of the lawyers raised concerns on the 10% sales tax which Mr Kamara asked lawyers to levy on their clients. They also asked the commission to sensitize the public about this.