Mozambique: Tax courts to start working this year

14 March 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 March – Mozambique’s tax courts are due to go into service this year in order to speed up customs and tax litigation, which have a backlog of 200,000 cases, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The paper cited Horácio Simão, the national assistant director of the Planning, Studies and International Cooperation Office of the Mozambique Taxation Authority, as saying that the preparation of the tax courts was at an advanced stage, and currently logistical details were being finalized, particularly in relation to infrastructures.

“Very soon the tax courts will go into service,” Simão said in Gaza a few days ago.

Currently over 200,000 tax and customs litigation processes are awaiting judgement across the country, which is due to several factors, including a lack of qualified staff.

Last year 124 tax and customs litigation processes were started and 125 were concluded, which resulted in collection of over 10 million meticais in taxes for the State. (macauhub)