Following the allegation at the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Press Conference on the 7th January, 2019, that the Mobile Network Operator, Orange SL, owes taxes to the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Orange SL has categorically denied being in arrears of taxes and any form of taxation to the National Revenue Authority. In a press release on Wednesday 8th January, Orange SL said “the attention of Management of Orange Sierra Leone Limited has been drawn to news making rounds on social media regarding a supposed 2018 outstanding GST payment owed by Orange SL to the NRA and by extension the government of Sierra Leone. The report further states that said amount totaling Le 4.2 Billion was supposed to have been made in December 2018. ‘’The irregularity was flagged by a top ranking NRA official after realizing that tax payment submissions by Orange SL has been stagnated over a protracted period.” Orange SL went further to state that its “Management wishes it to be known that as at the time of the publication of the said report, Orange [did) not owe any outstanding GST payment to NRA or the government of Sierra Leone and that all amounts owed as taxes have been duly paid. It concluded that as an institution, “Orange wishes to assure the general public that it prides itself in ensuring strict compliance to all laws applicable to its business. The Company guarantees that all applicable taxes, Regulatory fees/ levies owing to NRA or NATCOM and or the government are settled within stipulated timelines. Orange is therefore up to date with all its taxes to NRA and the government of Sierra Leone”
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