Immigration department to suspend services for tax evaders

The Department of Immigration and Emigration will suspend services for companies who fail to pay taxes starting on June 1.

The office will suspend issuing quotas to bring in expatriate workers, employment approvals for expatriate workers, business visas, and refund of security deposits for expatriate workers if a company or individual has pending payments, said a press release by the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) on Thursday.

These measures will only be taken if the company or individuals fail to pay MIRA on repeated warnings, or if the party refuses to make payments or if the party is wanted for tax evasion.

The measures will be dropped as soon as the required payments are made, MIRA said.