Oct 2018: International auditors to help stop logging company tax evasion

The government has signed an agreement with the OECD for expert auditors to be sent to Papua new Guinea to assist the Internal Revenue Commission crack down on tax evasion by the logging industry.

ACT NOW! has been lobbying the government to take action on this issue since 2016 when the existence of the problem was revealed in a report from the Oakland Institute.

ACT NOW! has used public petitions, letters and the media in calling for action.

In November 2016 the government announced it was increasing taxes on log exports in an attempt to make the industry pay more. 

However, a further report from the Oakland Institute released earlier this year revealed the tax increases have had only a marginal impact. This led to renewed calls for action.