He made the revelation when he contributed to the debate on the Customs and Excise Amendment (No 2) Bill 2012 yesterday in Parliament.
Mr Philip said the bill was important to strengthen the work of customs division.
He said the Government must look into how they permit tax exemption.
“There was a lot of biasness because business houses that apply for exemption has close relation to some government officers.
“It is a big problem, if you want to get tax exemption, you must know people working in the tax division as is also the case in other government departments.”
The former Prime Minister said government officers need to align with laws because such practise is becoming chronic.
Speaking in support, Independent Leader John Maneniaru said the attitude of some officers must change.
He said there were good policies but the public servants failed uphold and execute.
The West Are are MP added that the Government should see the contribution of local business people towards building the economy and must not impose excessive tax.
By Elliot Dawea
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