MRA brings back ‘Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’ campaign

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has announced the resumption of the Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) campaign branded ‘Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’.

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Head of Corporate Affairs Mr Steven Kapoloma flanked by the EFD Manager Mr Bentry Khonje with members of the press during the briefing at MRA Msonkho House in Blantyre

The development comes after the campaign was suspended in January following an sharp increase of Covid-19 cases.

Briefing members of the press at Msonkho House in Blantyre on Tuesday, MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said the campaign will run for a period of 3 months from 1stMarch to 31st May, 2021.

“This week, we are conducting awareness for ‘Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’  to enable the public to effectively report and claim their reward. Buyers will begin getting the rewards from Monday, 8th March in Blantyre and Limbe only. Later on, from 15th March it will spread to Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu,” Kapoloma said.

Taking his turn, MRA EFD Manager Bentry Khonje said the campaign’s focus is to have all members of the public rewarded for enforcing issuance of correct fiscal receipts.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to demand correct receipts because non-issuance of such leads to losses of Value Added tax (VAT). We are glad that there is wide willingness from the public to ensure that right amounts of VAT are collected for public service use,” Khonje said.

‘Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’ will reward a buyer with K40,000 for reporting non-issuance of EFD receipts. The reward will be given after verification of the offence and charging of a minimum penalty of K500,000 by EFD inspectors.

The main objective of the campaign is to encourage VAT registered traders to issue EFD receipts all the time. Through the campaign, MRA seeks to raise awareness among buyers on the importance of demanding an EFD receipt and remind VAT registered businesses of their obligations to issue EFD receipts for every sale.

With the ‘Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’ campaign, buyers will be rewarded for reporting EFD offences committed by VAT registered traders. The offences include the following:

  • Fiscal receipt is issued  but not reflecting the correct amount paid
  • Receipt issued but not fiscal receipt
  • No receipt issued at all to the buyer

VAT registered traders are reminded that under Section 46 of the VAT Act, failure to issue an EFD receipt attracts a penalty of K500,000.

MRA is assuring the public that Covid-19 measures will strictly be observed during the campaign, further all those reporting offenses  must always wear face masks. Buyers in Blantyre will be contacting MRA directly by calling on the following designated phone numbers; 0885 514 939 and 0885 514 934.

Buyers will also be handled as walk-ins in the following designated zones:

  • Limbe Post Office
  • Blantyre Post Office

Once reported, MRA officials will together with the buyer go to verify the malpractice in the concerned shop or business and issue appropriate penalty to the VAT registered trader. Upon charging of the penalty, the buyer will be given an instant reward of K50,000. This amount is subject to 20% Withholding tax, therefore the net cash awarded will be K40,000.

The Authority is further encouraging buyers to check their EFD receipts and ensure that correct details of a transaction are recorded. Those who are issued with receipts that do not have correct information should also report and will be rewarded as well.

There is no limit to the number of reports that one can make. Therefore, MRA is encouraging members of the public to promptly report any VAT malpractice to the numbers provided and earn instant cash rewards. 

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2 years ago

You are just good at issuing threats! How many have been fined K500 000? Chilima should make you work. You are sleeping on the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. These traders especially Indians and Pakistans do not issue receipts. Can MRA inspectors leave their offices and conduct on the spot checks in shops? Kukhalira ma bribes!

Last edited 2 years ago by Jemusi
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2 years ago

Indian Spice World in Lilongwe and Blantyre don’t issue VAT receipts have reported to you guys but no action taken because they have bribed your officials

2 years ago

Even TNM does not issue EFD receipts since last so many years. Mk 500,000-00 fine each means, TNM issues 100s of hand written cash sales. Retrospective effect , MRA can collect billions and which can build at least 10 state of art hospitals. Shoprite , game, chipiku, Sana, PTC, SPAR etc issue EFD but are declining to print the name of the customer and hence unable to claim input VAT

All big boys get away. It is only the small guys who are harrased and get fined

2 years ago

Inu a MRA simumva. Tinakuwuzani kale kuti a mwenye a FASA Soya Mill sapereka VAT to MRA.
Now using same resources, they have built state of the art factory at Mapanga. Go there you will find that they dont issue vat receipts for all sales.

Your staff are always silenced by bribes by the owners.

2 years ago
Reply to  Biggy

I agree with you that many Indian shops do not issue reciepts. Hence, MRA is losing out. For exmaple, Continental Bakery in Mzuzu does not issue receipts. Worse still, people do not demand receipts when they buy items. Go to many hardware shops.
Start arresting these Indians for tax evasion and you will see the results

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