Malawians aid national budget in paying taxes – MRA

Despite differences of religion, tribe, politics and allegiances in various sectors, many Malawians are displaying qualities of patriotism by positively contributing to the national budget in paying taxes.

Kapoloma: Malawians paying taxes

Kapoloma: Malawians paying tax

This is clearly showing now, almost three years after international donors withdrew all the 40 percent direct budgetary support they gave Malawi.

Parliament authorised government to use K1.1 trillion this year of which over 70 percent is to come from taxes.

For August, 2016 the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says many taxpayers have voluntarily come forward to pay their taxes leading to MRA beating its target for the month by K6.2 billion after collecting of K58.8 billion.

MRA’s Deputy Director Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma says this is a third month in a row MRA has beaten the targets.

In June, K56.1 billion taxes were collected beating the target of K54.3 billion by K 1.8 billion and in July, MRA collected K62.5 billion against a projected target of K59.6 billion, exceeding the target by K2.9 billion.

Kapoloma says MRA is thankful to taxpayers who voluntarily come forward to pay their taxes on time for their compliance.

“This has been witnessed in the improved collection for the three consecutive months. The tax base is widening and we are optimistic that this progress will continue,” said Kapoloma.

He further appealed to all compliant taxpayers to continue remitting their taxes in the 2016/17 fiscal year to enable the Malawi Government achieve its goals, more especially now when there is limited external donor support.

Kapoloma says MRA is advising members of the business community, NGOs and the public who have taxation challenges to engage MRA so that their tax affairs are regularised for the continued growth and development of our beloved country, Malawi.

For August strong collections in Value Added Tax, Provisional Tax, Excise Duties, Fringe Benefit Tax, Pay As You Earn, Dividend Tax and Non Resident Tax.

One of the ways MRA is collecting such amounts of taxes is because people are strongly demanding receipts generated by Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) every time when shopping.

The EFD is a mechanism in place to acount for Value Added Tax (VAT).

Reacting to the news on an online forum, Fred Kamwendo said his insistence to demand a receipt when shopping makes him proud to have contributed to the beating of the revenue target in August.

“This is good news indeed because even people from rural areas are demanding EFD receipts insisting that if they don’t Malawi will not develop. I was impressed by such patriotism and it feels good to stand for my country. I am proud to have contributed to the beating of the tax target by MRA. I wish people from rural area hear the news too,”Kamwendo said.

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5 thoughts on “Malawians aid national budget in paying taxes – MRA”

  1. Three Angels message says:

    Kenako ndalamazo muzikathandizila chipani, fotseki ine nde zofunsa lisiti ndinasiya. Timagula at a lower price

  2. Chibalo says:

    MRA my foot! You collect more revenue beating your target from poor Malawians who never question why you dont give them a report on how their monies were spent?Is that what you call transparency?You collect enough revenue towards Account Number 1 but none dares to brief us of the expenditures and you think we can be motivated to pay more? MRA and government can you seriously think of it,getting deductions by force from a poor man who has just secured a job after many years of job hunt and while he is still on probation, before he is settled,with all the demands of the new job and the responsibilities at home,you rush and deduct monies from such a person?Are you fair?You mean you cant wait for just 2 months to start deducting after his/her probation is over?By the way, why are you not remorseful to one whose job has been severed when you vehemently move forward to even deduct from his remaining dues when you know he will find it hard to survive afterwards? Please MRA and your government,stop fooling us with your greedy minds.Malawi can only generate more revenue if you guys are transparent,considerate especially to the working class and vigilant in tracking corrupt practices by your own people and the Indians.We have no doubt that huge chunks of money is externalized by a syndicate of business people and we Malawians as poor as we are even if we report it to you,you will go behind us and kill us.Shame shame on you.You will not escape the last Judgement of our God.

  3. chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    Nothing to be excited about here Mr Kapoloma. It is the poor in the villages who are being squeezed so hard when they buy basic necessities due to the skyrocketing of prices each and everyday. The rich are busy bribing you and evading taxes of huge sums of money. This is total blind-folding the Malawians but remember one day, just one day God will reveal all these undercover dealings.

  4. Aluweka says:

    That’s always great news to hear however the challenge now lies with those we have entrusted with keeping our public funds. I have long argued that most of the challenges we are facing as a country are self inflicted and we can indeed develop if govt demonstrate to people that it has a political will to develop this nation and people will see that their taxes are used towards the betterment of their being. Talk is cheap but curbing corruption in all its manifestation will take us to where we want to be. No nation will develop through donor aid but its own funds as you channel funds to the immediate challenges that are facing your people not dictated to.

    Lets join hands and take mother Malawi forward but most importantly let our leaders refrain from misusing our taxes

  5. Eden says:

    If an Indian trader tells me that the fridge will cost K80,000 with receipt and K65,000 without, what do I do if I am a normal person? Pay K80,000? and then forfeit the K15,000 that I could have used to buy food (a bag of maize) for my kids? Be reasonable and real guys

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