The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has said there is an increase in number of vehicles being seized due to non-payment of duty.
Oftentimes, according to the Authority’s Commissioner General, Raphael Kamoto, the buyers whose vehicles have been seized claim that they were not aware that duty was not paid for since the vehicles had a local registration number.
These vehicles include Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Ranger, BMW, Range Rover, Mercedes Benz, Toyota Hilux and many more.
Kamoto, therefore, advised the general public that before buying a vehicle from anybody or an organization, they should be taking time to verify the duty status of the vehicle with MRA, even if the vehicle is bearing a local registration number.
“MRA further wishes to remind the general public that when it is discovered that the vehicle in one’s possession was not properly cleared through Customs, it will be seized.
“The vehicle will only be restored on full payment of Customs duties and penalty in accordance with the Customs & Excise Act. Please, note that no duty or penalty shall be waived,” said Kamoto.
MRA is an agency of the Government of Malawi responsible for assessment, collection and accounting for tax revenues. MRA was established by an Act of Parliament in 1998 and was launched in February 2000.
It was formed to improve on the functions previously carried out by Divisions of Customs and Excise, and Income Tax in the Ministry of Finance. The Authority operates as a government tax administration agency under the Ministry of Finance.
The revenue that the Authority collects goes to Government for implementation of various socio-economic development projects such as the constructions of roads, bridges, schools health facilities and provision of social services. These include national security, provision of salaries for civil servants such as the police, the army, judges, doctors, nurses and teachers.