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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ADMINISTRATION

Part III IMPOSITION AND EXTENT OF TAX

Part IV CREDIT FOR INPUT TAX AGAINST OUTPUT TAX

Part V RELIEFS

Part VI SPECIAL CASES

Part VII ACCOUNTING AND ASSESSMENTS

Part VIII BOARD OF REVIEW

Part IX OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part X PROCEEDINGS

Part XI COLLECTION AND ENFORCEMENT

Part XII GENERAL PROVISIONS

FIRST SCHEDULE Registration

SECOND SCHEDULE Matters to be Treated As Supply of Goods or Services

THIRD SCHEDULE Valuation — Special Cases

FOURTH SCHEDULE

FIFTH SCHEDULE Advance Rulings

SIXTH SCHEDULE Disclosure of names and particulars of persons and places

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Power to appoint agent, etc., for recovery of tax
79.
—(1)  The Comptroller may by notice in writing, if he thinks it necessary, declare any person to be the agent of any other person.
(2)  The person declared the agent under subsection (1) shall be the agent of such other person for the purposes of this Act and may be required to pay any tax due or which may become due from any moneys, including pensions, salary, wages or any other remuneration, which, at the date of receipt of the notice or at any time not later than 90 days thereafter may be held by him for or due by him to the person whose agent he has been declared to be, and in default of such payment, the tax shall be recoverable from him in the manner provided by section 78.
(3)  For the purposes of this section, the Comptroller may require any person to give him information as to any moneys, funds or other assets which may be held by him for, or of any moneys due by him to, any other person.
(4)  For the purposes of payment of any tax due from any moneys referred to in subsection (2) in a joint account at any bank or from the proceeds of sale of any immovable property owned by 2 or more persons as joint owners, the following provisions shall apply:
(a)
the person declared by the Comptroller under subsection (1) to be the agent of any person who is an owner of such moneys shall —
(i)
within 14 days of the receipt of the notice under subsection (1), send a notice by registered post addressed to every owner of such moneys at the address last known to the agent informing the owner of such declaration; and
(ii)
retain such amount of the moneys as is presumed under paragraph (b) to be owned by the person from whom tax is due and, subject to paragraph (c), within 42 days of the receipt of the notice under subsection (1), pay over the tax due from such amount to the Comptroller;
(b)
it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the holders of a joint account at any bank shall have equal share of the moneys in the account as at the date of receipt of the notice under subsection (1) and that the joint owners of any immovable property shall share the proceeds of sale of the property equally;
(c)
any owner of such moneys who objects to the share presumed under paragraph (b) shall give notice of his objection in writing to the person declared to be the agent under subsection (1) within 28 days of the receipt of the notice of the agent under paragraph (a)(i), or within such further period as the Comptroller in his discretion may allow, and furnish proof as to his share of the moneys;
(d)
where an objection under paragraph (c) has been received, the person declared to be the agent shall —
(i)
retain the amount of such moneys referred to in paragraph (a)(ii) until such time as the Comptroller by notice under paragraph (e) informs him of his decision on the objection; and
(ii)
inform the Comptroller of the objection within 7 days of the receipt of the objection;
(e)
the Comptroller shall consider the objection and shall by notice in writing inform the person declared to be the agent of his decision and the agent shall, notwithstanding any appeal under paragraph (f), pay over any tax due from the share of moneys decided by the Comptroller as the amount, not exceeding the amount presumed under paragraph (b) to be the share of the person by whom the tax is payable, held by him for or due by him to the person;
(f)
any owner of such moneys aggrieved by the decision of the Comptroller under paragraph (e) may appeal against the decision to the Board of Review and the provisions of Part VIII shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to the appeal; and
(g)
for the purpose of this subsection, “joint account” means any account in the names of 2 or more persons but excludes any partnership account, trust account and any account where a minor is one of the joint account holders.
(5)  Where an agent makes any payment of moneys to the Comptroller under this section —
(a)
the agent shall be deemed to have been acting under the authority of the person by whom the tax is payable (referred to in this section as the defaulting taxpayer);
(b)
the amount of the tax due from the defaulting taxpayer shall be reduced by the amount paid by the agent to the Comptroller; and
(c)
the amount of the reduction shall, to the extent of that amount, be deemed to have been paid to the defaulting taxpayer in accordance with any law, contract or scheme governing the payment of moneys held by the agent for or due from the agent to the defaulting taxpayer.
(5A)  Where —
(a)
an amount of tax is due from any person under this Act otherwise than as an agent under this section;
(b)
except for this subsection, an amount is or would, at any time during the period of 90 days after the date of the receipt of the notice in paragraph (c), be payable by the Government to the defaulting taxpayer by or under any written law, contract or scheme; and
(c)
before payment of the amount referred to in paragraph (b) is made to the defaulting taxpayer, the Comptroller serves notice on any public officer by whom the payment is to be made that the tax is due from the defaulting taxpayer,
then the public officer shall, notwithstanding any other written law, contract or scheme, be entitled to reduce the amount referred to in paragraph (b) by the amount of the whole or any part of the tax referred to in paragraph (a), and if the public officer makes such a reduction —
(i)
the amount of the tax referred to in paragraph (a) shall be reduced by the amount of the reduction; and
(ii)
the amount of the reduction shall, to the extent of such amount, be deemed to have been paid to the defaulting taxpayer in accordance with any law, contract or scheme governing the payment of moneys referred to in paragraph (b) to the defaulting taxpayer.
(6)  For the purposes of this section, “tax” includes any penalty or any other money which a person is liable to pay to the Comptroller under this Act.
[Income Tax 1992 Ed., s. 57]