TAX DODGING BY ANOTHER NAME
It looked wrong and incongruous to see in your paper recently a photo and story of tourism chief executive Halatoa Fua praising and congratulating a company for a business achievement when two of the representatives in the picture are so-called volunteer staff who come into the country under the radar of “foreigners here to help” when it amounts to tax dodging.
Far too many operators use this backdoor method of getting cheap labour dressed up as work experience in order to grow their businesses and make money without meeting PAYE taxation and employment obligations.
It’s a bit like the online mail order shopping scam that deprives the government of VAT or in the case of New Zealand GST.
These rackets need to be investigated and busted, MFEM.