Prominent NGOs yesterday said they are trying to comply with the new law on organisations and will meet the Interior Ministry’s deadline to submit reports by the end of September.
The ministry now requires NGOs to file annual reports on their activity and finances following the passage of the law on non-governmental organisations.
Yoeung Sotheara, a legal officer for elections watchdog Comfrel, said his organisation has already resolved some tax issues with the government and is preparing further documents.
“We are preparing some documents to send to the General Department of Taxation,” Mr Sotheara said. “We have paid taxes on staff salaries and building rental fees.”
“But the tax department has demanded us to submit more documents, including audit reports, bank statements, building rental contracts and employment contracts,” he added. “We are gathering the documents, but for 2007, when we were established, some reports may be missing.”
Soeung Sen Karona, a human rights monitor with Adhoc, said his organisation will appear at the tax department today to clarify specifics.
“We are ready to verify issues related to taxes because we have fulfilled obligations to pay taxes, including taxes on employees’ salaries,” Mr Sen Karona said. “We are not hiding anything.”
Sam Kuntheamy of NICFEC said that he is still gathering banking documents that are due at the end of September.
“I am preparing a draft to submit to the Ministry of Interior,” Mr Kuntheamy said.
Mr Kuntheamy added that tax on his employees was not an issue.
“Most of my employees are volunteers, they don’t have a salary and we just provide them a stipend according to our projects,” Mr Kuntheamy said.