Malawi Revenue Authority clears mist on VAT and Pension

Raging dissatisfaction and anger from new information about taxing pensions has pushed the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) out of its cocoon to clarify on the matter.

MRA Head of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma: Pensions contributions do not attract VAT

MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma says the tax bull has not introduced any Value Added Tax (VAT) on any industry.

“Tax laws are formulated through policy at the Ministry of Finance and passed in the National Assembly in the country. MRA is only implementing section 16 of the VAT Act which deals with VAT on supply of service.

“Pension administrators charge an administration fee for managing pension schemes. The fee attracts VAT like any other fee charged on taxable services. The public should note that according to the VAT Act, pensions contributions do not attract VAT,” Kapoloma says.

He further clarified that as per the same Act, fees for the administering the pensions contributions do attract VAT.

“The VAT charged on fees is paid by the employer who is the recipient of the pension administration service,” says Kapoloma while encouraging members of the general public to be in touch with his office for any information about MRA on tax matters.

Some experts have argued that while Value Added Tax (VAT) on pension administration fees may not be applied on pension savings, it may be passed on to the populous from pension managers through charges.

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Bamusi
9 months ago

Kapoloma is another cadet, waba zambiri ndi Dpp, afufuzidwe. Acb get ready.

Alfred msowoya
Alfred msowoya
9 months ago

I wanted to know is it true that a retrenched person has got his benefits taxed?

Gulukunyinda
Gulukunyinda
9 months ago

Umbuli siwabwino. People should know the pension companies charges fees for managing funds of employees of these companies. It is these fees that charged VAT. Payable by the company paying the fees. If an employee was managing it’s on Pension fund , that is the only case he would pay the VAT

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
9 months ago

Ndalama zomwe anthu achita kugawana ngati ngumbi Ku statehouse Nd a bodyguard omwe ndithu

Mwini muzi
9 months ago

These costs are pushed to the pensioners as consumers in the end. Don’t fool us, just abolish this sinful tax on this context.

Chilima
Chilima
9 months ago

Aphunzitseni amangobwebweta zili zonse.Show them.that you hv bn inclass osangoti U human rights /whistleblowing when they dont even know when to draw a line.

Paul Bandawe
Paul Bandawe
9 months ago

Whatever name you call it, Fees, Charges, VAT, the fact is we are paying atrocious amounts at every point. A payslip is no longer a pleasant thing to look at nowadays.

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