Mzuzu Asian merchants excited with MRA’s EF device, Chinese troubled

The Asian community doing business in Mzuzu says it is excited with the implementation of Electrical Fiscal Devices (EFDs) by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), arguing it will help them contribute effectively to the country’s development as far as collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) is concerned.

Asians actively participating in the EFD launch

Asians actively participating in the EFD launch

Mbilizi: Launched

Mbilizi: Several strategies

MRA is currently undertaking the full implementation of EFDs whose chief aim is to enhance VAT compliance through acquisition, installation and use of EFDs by VAT registered taxpayers.

Abdul Mohammed, a representative of the community, told Nyasa Times on Friday after the EFD ‘Lisiti Langa Launch’ in Mzuzu that MRA decision to start the initiative has come at the right time.

“The system will effectively boost our businesses. Firstly, people will have confidence in buying from us since we’re now issuing receipts and, secondly, it because with the system auditing becomes very easy as everything is recorded,” said Mohammed.

He called on Malawians to be patriotic enough to the country by demanding EFD machine-generated receipts from shops when they buy goods.

According to MRA deputy commissioner, Rosa Mbilidzi, over 10 000 taxpayers are now registered with the system which has brought about substantial gains in the past one year.

“We have registered over 10,000 taxpayers who have acquired and are using the EFDs. The Authority is continuing with enforcement for both acquisition and usage of the machines. We are employing several strategies to enforce compliance including surveillances, observations, and consumers’ interceptions,” said Mbilidzi.

The system is expected to boost the country’s revenue collection which supports about sixty per cent of the economy. The other forty per cent comes from donors and other development partners.

Mzuzu City Mayor, William Mkandawire, described the demanding of the receipt as an “act of patriotism.”

He said considering the turbulent economic times the country is going through, there was need that collection of revenue such as VAT was maximised.

Before EFDs were introduced in Malawi, MRA faced several challenges in the collection of VAT including non-issuance of sales receipts by traders so that the VAT collected was not remitted to government, little demand of sales receipts, and non-reporting on non-issuance of receipts by customers.

According to Mbilidzi, they observed that traders were maintaining parallel invoice books– one for their true sales and the other for declaration to MRA, suppression of sales by traders, false input VAT claims by traders so that they get VAT refunds from MRA which they did deserve.

“Traders were also charging wrong VAT rates and some were even not remitting the VAT collected,” she observed.

EFDs are operational in many African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

“It’s a modern way of doing business. So traders and consumers must embrace it because it is here to stay,” Mbilidzi pointed out.

But during the launch which was preceded by a parade around Mzuzu City, not more than three Chinese nationals turned up despite them having a number of shops in the city.

Most of the nationals Nyasa Times spoke to refused to comment on the matter.

 

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3 thoughts on “Mzuzu Asian merchants excited with MRA’s EF device, Chinese troubled”

  1. BBC Phiri says:

    “Mzuzu City Mayor, William Mkandawire, described the demanding of the receipt as an “act of patriotism.””

    Let Mr Mayor go to Hope Investments in Mzuzu and buy something. He will not even get a cash sale, far less an EFD receipt – and that applies to high cost items such as TVs, fridges etc. This is all done so blatantly that Hope appears not to fear that the MRA will investigate them.

    1. I feel whoever this James Phiri is, he is trying to be personal, I have bought the said items before at hope Investment but at all times i have been issued with the EFD reciept, it is unfair to attack someone like this and on a public discussion for that matter to me it simply shows this Phiri simply has personal grudges against Hope Investment, let this Phiri come in the open and produce evidence, after all every person has the right to ask for the receipt, and if you Phiri were not given a receipt and you know how important the receipt is, judging from your comment, to who did you report about this? Or did you ask for the receipt and they refused to issue you one? Aphiri chitani manyazi. Amalawi nsanje bwanji? After all there are many shops in Mzuzu why just pick one? Something is not adding up right here. Ngati anakumanani ngongole sititelo! Chitani manyazi olo kutamba amatamba masanasana.

    2. I feel whoever this BBC Phiri is, he is trying to be personal, I have bought the said items before at hope Investment but at all times i have been issued with the EFD reciept, it is unfair to attack someone like this and on a public discussion for that matter to me it simply shows this Phiri simply has personal grudges against Hope Investment, let this Phiri come in the open and produce evidence, after all every person has the right to ask for the receipt, and if you Phiri were not given a receipt and you know how important the receipt is, judging from your comment, to who did you report about this? Or did you ask for the receipt and they refused to issue you one? Aphiri chitani manyazi. Amalawi nsanje bwanji? After all there are many shops in Mzuzu why just pick one? Something is not adding up right here. Ngati anakumanani ngongole sititelo! Chitani manyazi olo kutamba amatamba masanasana.

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