MRA advises against irresponsible business tactics

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says business owners must be responsible to keep records of their businesses for easy verification when requested by MRA officers.

According to MRA website, the statement is in reaction to Karonga businesses who have petitioned their DC that MRA is violating their constitutional rights and picking on them by checking if indeed taxes for their goods were paid.

Kapoloma:  Advises

Kapoloma: Advises

But MRA Deputy Director for Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma says Section 167 of Customs and Excise Act which indicates that it is the responsibility of persons carrying out businesses to keep proper records of their goods from the date of importation or purchase to
ease verification when called for inspection by MRA officers in the course of duty.

He said MRA is mandated by the Customs and Excise Act to provide administration, management and control of customs and excise; this includes imposition and collection of customs, excise and other duties.

“The business community should exercise their responsibilities. Section 15 of the Act empowers MRA officers to enter any place used for the reception or storage of goods in use or intended for trade and conduct operations such as inquiries, examination of goods and when necessary seal such premises,” said Kapoloma.

He said Karonga is not an isolated case because such exercises are also ongoing in other parts of the country.

“With this mandate, MRA time and again conducts operations to verify if indeed goods imported into the country have all due taxes paid for, therefore, the exercise in Karonga is not isolated, strange or indeed new because such operations are also underway in other parts of the country such as Blantyre, Limbe and Lilongwe,” said Kapoloma.

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14 thoughts on “MRA advises against irresponsible business tactics”

  1. JAYJAY says:

    Chitsiru chikungokamba za atumbukachi nchifukwa choti sanapite ku school,sakutha mveatsa zimene anzake akukamba apa.sadiwanso mmene mra yimagwirlra ntchito.pitani ku school amwene.Cashgate amene akutchulidwa aja ambiri ndi atumbuka eti.sichikudziwa or kuwerenga anthu omwe ali pa cashgate list.

  2. bwana says:

    when we talk of responsibility ,i thought it must be too fold,both parties here must be responsible enough in keeping records.Mra must know who is paying and who is not paying if they are to start calling for responsibility in keeping records.how can we trust you when you dont have records.am saying this because it will be a waste of government resources to be checking on pple who already pay tax in the name of inspection when in fact MRA doesnt have the documents too.you want to hide from the act on your non performance.more over ndalama zathu mukungopatsa anthu awachotsa ntchito dala ma contract ali chikhalire then you expect pple to comply just like that.clear your house first and cry out.pamtengo wa kachere tizakumana ngati siinu ndi ana anu

  3. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    Mtumbuka sangatheke,ndi chifukwa chake mulungu anawonetsetsa kuti a tumbuka ambiri akhale akuda ngati makala

  4. ambelekwacheni says:

    MRA yatsala pang”ono kutseka continue ndi zamisikazo ena amera zitenje mmimba, ena usiku aziona mbonaona Songwe imvesanso kuti ili ku Karonga

  5. MUZIYA MWA PASA MAPHUNZIRO ANTHU KUTI AZIZIWA NDI KUZESA, CHIFUKWA ENA SAPATSIDWA MA RISITI AYI, NDIPO ENA ENA SAZIWA KUTI MALISITI KAPENA MAPEPALA AMASUNGA AYI, NDIPO ENA SAZIWA KASUNGIDWE KAKE NDI FAYOLINGI, APASENI SCHOOL ANTHU INU A MRA NDI NTCHITO YANU KUTERO, MUKATERO MUZAWONA KUTI ZITHU ZIKUYANDA BWINO, IKANI MAPHUNZIRO PA MA REDIYOZI NGATI MUMENE AMACHTIRA MA UNION ENA A TGWU NDI MA BUNGWE ENA.

  6. loveness says:

    MRA why are you looting the poor small scale business people who are struggling to earn theri living. Why can’t you net the so called well wishers who are business tycon’s and are syphoning our country. You have not given us report of what you did to SIKU, LIDO amd Mulli and other whose were confirmed have envaded tax, duty and other. you went quit. Search yourselves first before you loot the poor. PLEASE LET US BREATH IN PEACE IN OUR COUNTRY AND DONT BRAKE US INTO PIECES.

  7. grace says:

    honestly, MRA inu ma record simumakhala nawo? When you go to premises, carry with yourself the records of all taxes paid up until then. What you are doing is thieving. Now if indeed this is going on everywhere in the country, give us a report on what transpired in Lilongwe and Blantyre markets (kwa ma vendor) and give us the lists of people that were fined the way you are doing with the KA people. Dont include any big shops, only the small ones.

    Zopusa plus zokondera komanso zopondereza. Mitu yanu

    1. Nyasa says:

      Mtumbuka sazatheka. Are you the only ones paying taxes in this country? Actually some of us paid more than required when you were on the driving seat with miss cashgate.

  8. chinena says:

    IT is the duty of the government to school business men.It is now time that MRA education dept should school these people despite ignorance CAN NOT BE USED AS DEFENCE

  9. Boko says:

    Pay tax for Peter and his lomwe people to squander it at our expense. Fotseki, MRA is very stupid. Remember you MRA has always been part to the Mutharika’s looting of taxpayers’ money. You started with useless dead Bingu, you helped him to steal our money and this is what you are repeating again with Pitala. Nonse aMRA ndinu agalu. Useless department of crooks and thieves.

  10. Kweni goliat says:

    Asiyeni awo sakuziwa zimene akuchita

  11. Kweni goliat says:

    Anthu akumpoto ndi choncho safuna kumvetsa zinthu asiyeni basi amafuna zawaka katundu amayenda mozemba salipiranso ndi pa border pomwe

    1. Precious says:

      Why mention akumpoto here? Iweyo what kind of understanding do you have? You want your president to be using our money on useless trips with 68 of his cohorts? one month just sleeping, eating and drinking whiskys at the expense of poor tax payer is an abomination to humanity.

      1. Nyasa says:

        Mtumbuka sazatheka. Ndinyama yovuta kwambiri, it is too selfish. You were eating our tax in clueless cashgate Joyce and Khumbo government. Nobody complained.

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