DOF: Rota commission owes $44,011


The Rota Casino Gaming Commission has allegedly failed to pay $44,011 in employer’s quarterly withholding tax return and the Department of Finance’s Division of Revenue and Taxation issued a notice of tax lien in federal court last Friday to collect the amount.

Tax lien refers to a legal claim against the assets of a person or business to secure the payment of taxes owed.

In the notice, Revenue and Taxation director Tracy D. Norita indicated that the taxes were assessed on the commission in 2010 to 2013 and in 2015.

Norita said the unpaid balance of assessment for the tax period ended 2009 to 2012, 2014, and 2015 ranges from $76 to $21,565.

Norita said demand for payment of this liability has been made, but it remains unpaid.

Therefore, the director said, there is a lien in favor of the CNMI on all property and rights to property belonging to the Rota Casino Gaming Commission for the amount of these taxes and any additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.

Last week, citing that there is no casino on Rota, Rep. Donald Manglona (Ind- Rota) reportedly questioned the Senate version of House Bill 21-78 that appropriates $100,000 for the island’s gaming casino commissioners.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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