The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has launched an ‘Everyone Must Pay Tax’ campaign with an aim to improve compliance behavior by encouraging individuals and businesses to register for tax besides filing correctly and timely their due tax returns.
The campaign was launched in Blantyre on Friday and among other activities lined up was to engage directly business entities, civil society members and the media to educate them on tax provisions, processes and procedures in order to assist them comply with the revenue laws and support domestic tax mobilization.
Speaking during the launch, MRA’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma said the campaign would run for a period of three to four months starting February, 2017.
“MRA has beaten the set target for the first half of Fiscal Year 2016/2017 by MK37.9 billion with a total of Mk377 billion taxes collected against a target of Mk339.1 billion. Now several initiatives have contributed to this first-of-its-kind excellent performance.” He said
Kapoloma pointed that, “The initiatives include the Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs), ASYCUBA World, cargo scanners and e-payment among others and this launched campaign today is aimed to supplement already existing formulas so that the step that MRA has taken for the past six months should continue.
“Above all, I have to admit here that people in Malawi are now becoming tax compliant as evidenced by reduction of tax evasion cases,” he said.
Kapoloma said the performance of MRA for the past six months should strengthen confidence in any forward-thinking Malawian that it is possible for Malawi to achieve economic sovereignty.
He said the bottom line is that the excellent performance reflects the collective responsibility honoured by individuals and companies in the country.
He added, “From January to June, 2017, MRA is planning to collect MK386 billion and the tax compliant spirit that client now really have gives hope that the target shall be surpassed.
“In a country like Malawi where resources are scarce, tax collection is important and through this campaign MRA intends to bring in more tax payers into system.
Malawi Revenue Authority has the mandate to collect taxes in the country from different stakeholders including individuals, companies, civil society among other entities.
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