Operators of lodges, inns and motels have expressed more interest to work with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) in making sure that errors are minimized when filing taxes.
The operators made the pledge during a taxation workshop for the hospitality sector held recently in Blantyre where the Authority made presentations on and administration of Domestic Taxes relating to Value Added Tax (VAT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Withholding Tax.
Blantyre Domestic Tax Station Manager Rose Ngwira urged the hospitality sector and business community at large to pay taxes even before the due date to avoid unnecessary penalties.
Ngwira added that if taxpayers have any queries relating to taxes they should always contact the Authority or come in person as the Authority’s doors are always open.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Andy Kulugomba, thanked MRA for holding the workshop as most of the issues they had on taxation were addressed.
He stressed that the sector will support the MRA cause so that the Government should collect more revenue and fulfill its development agenda adding that following the MRA workshop, the sector would consider forming an association so that they can speak with one voice with MRA on matters of taxation.
Before the Blantyre workshop, MRA conducted similar workshops in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Zomba where the Authority interacted with many lodge, inn and motel operators.
During the tour, MRA also made presentations at regional workshops organized by the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
The Authority also made a tax presentation at a meeting organized by World Renew in Lilongwe.