Political Analysis

Study recommends intelligence department to fight tax corruption

National Yemen

Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Ba-Sindwa

By NY Staff

A recent economic study has recommended that the government establish an intelligence department to be in charge of fighting corruption in Yemen’s customs and tax departments, and that such a department should be part of government’s Higher Anti-Corruption Board.

The study proposed that the department should reduce dealings between tax officials and other persons, in addition to increased enforcement of tax laws. According to the study – which was prepared by Abdulmajeed Al-Batli, a planning policy development expert in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation – the nation’s most significant problem is its weak ability to enforce law.

“The incapacity to enforce laws encourages corrupt individuals to discourage honest people, and this is why punishments should be meted out – to force people to implement the law,” read the study.

In this regard, the study noted that the government’s debts in the tax department for various public and private institutions had increased to more than YR 220 billion.

“This is why the tax departments should start working to get these debts through. We must restore the judiciary system, which should deal firmly with those who refuse to pay their debts,” added the study. It noted that indulgence with such institutions encourages other institutions to perform in a similar way.

The study declared that accumulated taxes filed until the end of 2009 are up to 166,283, which indicates that the department will face great difficulties in completing them in a short time, which eventually denies the general budget of a huge amount of reveunue.