Tax Clearance Certificate for TEP applicants—MRA, Immigration

The Department of Immigration, in conjunction with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), says the law requires that all persons applying for renewal of Temporary Employment Permits (TEP) must present a Tax Clearance Certificate issued by MRA.

In a joint statement signed by MRA Commissioner General Lloyd Muhara and the Chief Immigration Officer Elvis Thodi on Tuesday, the two institutions this requirement applies to all TEP applicants irrespective of the type of institution the applicant intends to or is working for.

“The Tax Clearance Certificate is obtainable from Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) offices in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The Department will therefore not entertain any application which is not accompanied by a valid Tax Clearance Certificate,” reads the statement.

Elvis Thodi, Chief Immigration Officer

Meanwhile, MRA has announced that it will soon be releasing results of recent interviews for registration of Customs Clearing Agents.

According to MRA Public Relations and Communication Manager, Stephen Kapoloma, it is MRA’s intention to work with only those Customs Agents who will have demonstrated high levels of compliance by observing the provisions of Customs and Excise Act and not carrying forward any liabilities.

He said in view of this, all Customs Clearing Agents are required to clear any outstanding queries, declarations and all other payments due to the Authority.

“Failure to comply with the above instruction within seven days of the date of this notice will be considered as an offence punishable under the Customs and Excise Act,” warned Kapoloma, explaining that the seven day period ends on Friday, January 20, 2012.

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