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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CNMI yet to hire Rev&Tax chief even after wage hike

The CNMI has never had a permanent Division of Revenue and Taxation director since 2008 and even after the position’s salary was raised by law in 2011 from $40,800 to $50,000. Now, Sen. Paul Manglona (Ind-Rota) is proposing to give the governor flexibility in determining the director’s salary to help attract qualified persons to fill the post.

“Giving the governor flexibility in determining the Rev&Tax director’s salary will help fill the position vacant since 2008. Once we have a permanent director, that person will take ownership of the division and laws will be better enforced when you have somebody up there held accountable in office… Honest businesses will benefit and they will not be disadvantaged,” Manglona told Saipan Tribune in an interview.

During previous discussions on a bill increasing the director’s salary, it was estimated that up to $4.4 million may be realized by fully enforcing tax laws.

Yesterday, Manglona pre-filed Senate Bill 18-45 to amend Public Law 17-52 to allow flexibility in setting the salary of the Revenue and Taxation director.

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