AGT and INEJ sign cooperation protocol on tax matters

The General Tax Administration (AGT) and the National Institute of Judicial Studies (INEJ) signed, on the 20th of this month, a cooperation protocol aimed at technical training in tax matters for judicial magistrates and the Public Prosecution Department.

The cooperation agreement foresees, among other aspects, the implementation of actions that allow the continuous improvement of the handling of tax criminal cases by the judges.

According to a press release, the protocol also aims to safeguard the proper framework of tax and customs rules and procedures.

On the occasion, the INEJ’s general director, Artur Gunza, a signatory party, considered that the referred agreement is part of the annual continuous plan for the training of judicial magistrates and public prosecutors.

“As you may understand, our magistrates do not deal with these matters in their day-to-day lives. Since AGT, at this time, is creating a new dynamic for the accountability of citizens who transgress in this domain. Therefore, it is imperative that magistrates get updated in these matters”, said Artur Gunza.

On his turn, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Tax Administration (AGT), José Leiria, considered that the partnership will train judges in tax matters and thus provide a better response to tax-related processes.

“We have the judges as those who dominate the judicial system and can also help us to model the application of tax rules”, said the José Leiria.

The General Tax Administration (AGT), created by Presidential Decree n.º 324/14, of December 15, is a State body, supervised by the Ministry of Finance, whose mission is to raise revenue for the State and ensure customs control for the benefit of society.

Within this framework, it is also incumbent upon the information and training of tax-paying citizens, in order to guarantee literacy and fiscal citizenship, for the efficiency and effectiveness of the collection of revenues for the State, to support the administrative expenses of the State and guarantee the functionality of public and collective services.

The National Institute of Judicial Studies (INEJ) has the mission of ensuring the training of the staff necessary for the applying of judicial activity and other specific functions in the field of justice, records and notary, civil and criminal identification, public defence and other areas of the judiciary system, as a result of Presidential Decree No. 84/15, of May 5th, which approves the INEJ’s Organic Statute.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)