Students get tax lessons
The Malawi Revenue Authority on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 visited the Joyce Banda Foundation Secondary School where students were taught about the basics of tax, duties of a citizen and MRA mandate.
In his presentation, Taxpayer Education Manager, McHizzal Kawanga, said it was important that young people should learn about taxation from an early age to mould dutiful and responsible citizens.
“After this lesson we expect you to be role models and do not forget to teach others about the importance of paying taxes, demanding an EFD receipt every time they purchase goods and reporting tax evasion and smuggling.” said Kawanga.
Among other issues, the presentation focused on why it was important for citizens to pay taxes, types of taxes administered by MRA and their calculations and also on how citizens can report cases of tax evasion.
At the end of the presentation one of the students, Christon Mpulula wanted to know how the MRA Tip-Offs Anonymous Service is operated and administered.
The students were told that the service is utilised by members of the general public to inform MRA about tax evaders, smugglers and those engaging in various malpractices through dialling the toll free number 847. The Tip-offs Anonymous Service rewards Informants with information that lead to recovery of revenue. The informant remains unknown as they are identified with a code number which is published in the press.
MRA regularly conducts taxpayer education in schools including primary, secondary and tertiary in order to complement what the students learn from their syllabi.
BY THOKOZANI CHIWAYA