Tax officer here to help

Friday May 01, 2015 Written by Published in Economy
New Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) tax advisory offi cer Chiavanni Le’Mon wants people to know she is here to help with tax education. New Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) tax advisory offi cer Chiavanni Le’Mon wants people to know she is here to help with tax education.

When you meet bright young Chiavanni Le’Mon, it is hard to believe some people are intimidated by her job.

But the new Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) tax advisory officer says she wants people to understand she is here to help with tax education, not debt collection.

Le’Mon has been in the role under the Revenue Management Division (Tax and Customs) since the end of last year, and says there has been some confusion in the community about her role, and apprehension about taxes in general.

“My role is to help people find out about their tax obligation... I want to communicate with people and educate them so they aren’t afraid of taxes.

“It’s not my job to make people pay their taxes it’s my job to help people understand what their obligations are.”

Le’Mon is of Cook Island descent and she moved home with her partner and three children in September last year. 

On a daily basis, Le’Mon is out and about in Rarotonga, helping small to medium businesses owners who may already, or be about to, reach the $40,000 threshold which means they have to register to pay Value Added Tax (VAT).

She can also help individuals understand more about book keeping and filling out complicated tax forms. 

The 31-year-old has qualifications in finance and management, but says she can also act as a liaison person between people who need tax help and experts who work at MFEM.

“As soon as people realise I’m there to help them they are quite thankful to have someone to talk to them and help explain what they need to do because they haven’t really had that sort of support before.”

As MFEM aims to implement online tax lodgements by the middle of this year, Le’Mon says she will also be able help people learn how to lodge their taxes online. 

Le’Mon’s advice and help is free, and she can be contacted at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 29365.

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