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PPP offers to help govt in pending tax cases

The headquarters of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Camp Street, Georgetown.

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) has offered to have former Attorney General Anil Nandlall brief his successor, Basil Williams about several tax evasion cases that could rake in about GUY$20 billion if they are won.

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he felt, during talks with President David Granger, that the administration was willing to take up the offer.

“We will share all of the institutional memory that we have about those tax cases because we don’t want the government to lose those tax cases based on bad legal representation because it will cost the Treasury billions of dollars and us as taxpayers, people of this country,” he told a news conference.

Based on a rough calculation of about seven of the cases, Jagdeo said the outstanding taxes amount to more than GUY$20 billion that his administration was pursuing in court. “We do not want the government to lose those cases,” he said.

The former Guyanese leader said in his talks with President Granger, he identified a few of the court cases.

The Opposition Leader assured that as a “responsible opposition” the PPP should share its institutional memory with the government.