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GDT on the hunt for road tax evaders throughout country

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Traffic police stop a car on Norodom Boulevard. Heng Chivoan

GDT on the hunt for road tax evaders throughout country

Vehicle owners who fail to pay road taxes as scheduled to the General Department of Taxation (GDT) will face double fines, according to a senior GDT official.

GDT director-general Kong Vibol told The Post the deadline for taxes on all means of transportation and vehicles for 2020 closed on November 30.

“Vehicle owners who failed to pay their taxes on time will be punished according to the tax law in force,” he said.

He said GDT will cooperate with authorities, especially traffic police to collect the back taxes.

Phnom Penh municipal traffic police office chief Sem Ratana told The Post his office has not yet received any notification or request for cooperation from the GDT to inspect vehicle owners.

Ratana said that according to the instructions of the National Police, inspections for traffic law fines have been suspended for 15 days from December 1-15 due to the recent Covid-19 community transmission.

“During these 15 days our force will not set up inspection posts to enforce the traffic law penalty,” he said.

Vibol, however, said all vehicle owners who had not paid the tax urgently need to pay via banks such as ACLEDA Bank, Canadia Bank, Cambodian Public Bank and other banks that have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

According to the tax rate, cargo land-vehicle owners pay between 200,000 ($50) and two million riel ($495) for vehicles weighing three tonnes and up. A passenger van or minibus with 15 seats or more is taxed between 150,000 to 250,000 riel.

Water vehicles that can carry three tonnes or more of goods are taxed between 50,000 and 300,000 riel. Water vehicles more than 20m long must pay tax between 10,000 and 300,000 riel.

Trucks with 150 horsepower or more are taxed between 60,000 and 300,000 riel.

Separately, marine cargo vehicles that can carry less than 1,000 tonnes of goods shall be taxed between 200,000 and 300,000 riel. But if it loaded with more than 1,000 tonnes, it is taxed from 750,000 to 1.2 million riel. Boats or vessels transporting passengers by sea with a length of more than 20m must pay tax between 100,000 to 150,000 riel.

For fishing boats with engines large than 150 horsepower, the tax is 100,000 riel.

Standard resident vehicles like motorcycles and cars with a cylinder size of 2,000cc to 2,900cc and fewer than five years old are taxed between 200,000 and 600,000 riel.

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