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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (December 15, 2000 – Marshall Islands Journal)---Twelve outer islands local governments are the target of the Marshall Islands Social Security Administration (MISSA) law suits seeking to collect more than $153,000 in back taxes and interest.

Following on the heels of MISSA’s lawsuit filed a week ago against Kwajalein Atoll Local Government for more than $1.3 million, the latest suits are aiming to collect from many of the smaller local governments.

Most of the 12 local governments are charged with not filing or paying taxes since the mid-1990s. Two dated farther: MISSA says Maloelap hasn’t filed or paid since 1988, and Arno hasn’t done either since 1990.

According to the suit, the following amounts are owed by each atoll or island council:

· Arno: $3,761.10 tax; $2,380.86 interest.

· Ujae: $3,092.30 tax; $837.77 interest.

· Wotje: $15,908.58 tax; $7,604.77 interest.

· Wotho: $5,275.45 tax; $1,821.12 interest.

· Jaluit: $9,809.00 tax; $3,020.80 interest.

· Ailinlaplap: $11,439.00 tax; $3,904.84 interest.

· Mejit: $2,047.38 tax; $681.84 interest.

· Lib: $2,470.95 tax; $678.21 interest.

· Jabat: $5,049.15 tax; $2,836.88 interest.

· Maloelap: $21,662.15 tax; $14,394.83 interest.

· Likiep: $9,174.48 tax; $4,113.20.



MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Dec. 8, 2000 – Marshall Islands Journal)---Social Security has filed lawsuits against private companies and a prominent local government in an effort to collect almost $1.6 million in unpaid retirement and health fund taxes.

The Kwajalein Atoll Local Government (KALGov) tops the list with – by far – the highest outstanding tax bill, allegedly owing more than $1.3 million to the retirement and health funds. The Marshall Island Social Security Administration’s (MISSA’s) suit against KALGov is one of five filed in the High Court.

The suit said that KALGov filed tax reports for all quarters for the years 1995, 1996 and 1998, but only some quarters for 1994, 1997, 1999 and this year. Based on these reports, and estimates for the quarters where no tax reports were filed, KALGov owes the retirement fund $1,139,941.52 and the health fund $186,014.78, the suit said. In addition, KALGov owes $58,221.96 for a promissory note signed in 1994, MISSA said.

Other suits filed by MISSA to collect allegedly unpaid taxes include:

· Good Earth Co., and Yi Chun Liu, who owe $39,165.94 to the retirement fund, and $5,400.45 to the health fund.

· Skyline Enterprises and SMP Fernando, who owe $10, 781.13 to the retirement fund and $437.69 to the health fund.

· Anrohasa Hotel and Fountain and Anne Inok, who owe $73,945.02 to the retirement fund and $41,752.27 to the health fund.

· Lucia Guavis, dba Charley’s Tavern, which owes $25,036.12 to the retirement fund and $12,787.85 to the health fund.

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