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Are Georgian tax officers bloodsuckers?2010-10-05 20:11
Unexpected appeals have been made by French and Azerbaijani ambassadors to Georgia who told about the biased attitude towards foreign business and unexpected tax inspections performed by Revenue Service of the Caucasian republic. Besides, it was the companies themselves that voiced the problems to the diplomats, asserting that they were "humiliated" in the form of total tax persecution. It is, however, unknown whether the inspectors have detected any violations in the activities of Azerbaijani and French companies but still the incident left a gall in the minds.
Head of the Georgian Revenue Service Georgy Tskhakaya does not consider himself or his administration to be guilty, which fact has been declared immediately. "A tax inspector is not a person loved by everyone", - he said and underlined that slandering companies provided wrong information. Was there any other scenario, anyway? Georgian government is so actively promoting the new tax code that the exclamations of the many who had been dissatisfied have faded away beyond the public resonance. The domestic entrepreneurs could be "strangled" without much noise, while it won't be that easy to get rid of foreigners. That's why one has to lay the blame on somebody else. The point is, why would foreign diplomats slander groundlessly, if they are so fond of Sakartvelo
, in the opinion of Georgian authorities? As we know, there's no smoke without fire.
Every day Mikheil Saakashvili and his supporters keep talking about the wonderful business climate that has been set up in their country, asserting that Georgia will soon turn into a free tax zone for some of the business fields. However, in April, candidate for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi nominated by The People's Democrats Nika Ivanishvili asserted that there is unhealthy relationship between business and tax authorities. He mentioned the unexpected tax inspections that have acquired a massive character. "The latest speeches delivered by Head of the Tax Service Georgy Tskhakaya sound alarming. He says that 98 percent of companies are concealing taxes. This means discrimination of the business sector and declaring businessmen criminals", - Ivanishvili told in his interview to Business Georgia web-portal. But perhaps, he also provided wrong information, just like the Elite Electronics household equipment chain stores and Klondike and Crystal jewelry shops, which once were also subject to the "night visits" of the Georgian Revenue Service.