May 11, 2011

Good Tax Payers - Bizarre

It seems we've graduated as a company.  We have received our certificate for being "Good Tax Payers in 2010".
However, as we know pride comes before a fall so we'll probably be notified soon that we are due for an audit covering the first 4 year's of trading.

The event itself:
Bizarre - first we were summoned to attend an event for which the date and location seemed unclear!  However, in true Mongolian style all was finalised and we pitched up to an event outside a large supermarket.  We spoke to several officers - they know us well in the tax office because of all the oddball questions I have.

The stage was set with a traditional music group and children dressed as tax officers.  Seven of our local tax officials in full uniforms, the ladies in large peeked hats and standing in rather high, high heeled boots, the men looking rather imposing, all sang to the assembled invitees.  I could not imagine tax officials in the UK or USA knowing it was part of their job description to sing to "Good Tax Paying"  companies outside of a supermarket.

Certificates were then presented to companies receiving recognition.  We left empty handed as my translator said the event was over.  Must have miss understood about our role in the event.

My translator's English is getting far too good at the expense of her Mongolian!  It seems we left at "Half Time" - but we were able to receive our certificate in a local hotel car park a few hours later.

Next on the agenda:
An invitation to the main tax payer's celebration to talk for 10 minutes on the benefits and difficulties of the Mongolian Tax System - should the receiving of a certificate influence what we say?  Seriously, we will be introducing the concept of a Fair Trade, Social Enterprise company for inclusion as a new class of company in the tax system.  More later ....

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