Govt rules out bringing down cooking oil tax

Malawi government has ruled out bringing down  Value Added Tax (VAT) on cooking oil which consumers say it to blame for the high price of the commodity.

Treasury imposed VAT on refined cooking oil

Government insists it will not be reversing the introduction of 16.5 percent VAT on cooking oil saying the decision was done to enhance efficiency in the cooking oil manufacturers.

Williams Banda, spokesperson in the Ministry of Finance said that the price of cooking oil is not dependent on the value added tax as observed that after removing the VAT on cooking oil in 2017, prices on the commodity continued to escalate.

The tax regime has led to a significant rise in prices of cooking oil on the market.

Last week, cooking oil manufacturers bemoaned the re- introduction of the VAT and justified the eventual rise on the commodity’s price.

Meanwhile, the Consumers’ Association of Malawi has asked government to stick by its decision on the value added tax imposed on cooking oil in order to encourage manufactures to using locally available raw materials for production.

John Kapito, Executive Director for the association, says feels the conduct of cooking oil manufacturers lives a lot to be desired as they play the role of refineries and not manufacturers.

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Watondeka Chakwera
Watondeka Chakwera
3 years ago

No surprise. What you should know is that nyau does not need cooking oil.

3 years ago

Get proper information from those in line Ministries and government agencies first.

Public Opinion Organisations
Public Opinion Organisations
3 years ago

Malawi Govt has taken the 100% Right Decision NOT to Withdraw the VAT on Cooking Oil and CAMA is Right also

As Manufacturers are still getting Industrial Rebate from MRA for Import of Raw Materials Crude Oil and ALMOST all the Cooking Oil Refineries NOT Manufacturers and Basically Entitled to Industrial Rebate as they Do NOT qualify for the Industrial Rebate Exemption on Inport Duties MRA is Losing Billions in Duty due to that

MRA should Scrutinise the Industrial Rebate Licence granted to Cooking Oil Companies

All the Cooking Oil Refineries Not Manufacturers are Robbing MRA from Duties and Taxes

Chekweche Ngozo
3 years ago

This calls for terrorist mtambo to organize national wide violent demonstration.

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