Zomba taxpayers attend e-Payments tax clinic
Scores of taxpayers from Zomba have attended an Electronic Payments (E-Payments) tax clinic which took them through the process of registering for the system, making online payments and provided a forum for questions and answers.
Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma, addressing taxpayers at Annie’s Lodge on Friday, 12th January, 2017, said it is very easy to register for e-Payments, an online tax payment platform initiated by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA).
“To sign up for e-Payments, all you have to do is log into the MRA website, www.mra.mw, and clicking on “My Tax Online”. A dropdown menu will show login and sign up and you have to select sign up and you will be directed to the sign up page,” he said.
He said the sign up page requires one to fill in relevant information as specified and enter details such as name, Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN), postal address and e-mail before clicking the submit button.
Kapoloma said an application takes at least 24 hours to be processed and upon successful registration, a taxpayer will be assigned a one-time password which has to be changed immediately.
The Head of Corporate Affairs said in order to pay Domestic Taxes using the service, taxpayers have to visit www.mra.mw/MyTaxOnline and log in with their credentials and select ‘Make Payment’.
“You then select tax type, it could be VAT, PAYE, FBT or penalties and then you click next. Fill in the relevant tax details and amount to be paid, then click next. You then select preferred bank and likely mode of payment for example online banking, cash, bank certified cheque or electronic funds transfers then click next,” he said.
He said a taxpayer will then have to confirm payment application, click finish and a Payment Registration Number (PRN) would be generated.
“You may then pay online or over the counter through a bank of your choice using the PRN. Once payment has been effected by the bank, you will receive an email notification with your payment receipt attached,” he said.
The tax clinic also provided a forum for taxpayers in Zomba to ask various questions and they had the opportunity to seek clarification as far as e-Payments is concerned.
Kapoloma was accompanied by Akonda Supuni-Yakobe, Assistant Revenue Accountant, Dorothy Mataya, Taxpayer Services Manager and Wadza Otomani, Media Specialist.
The Authority has been holding e-Payments tax clinics since October 2017 and the number of registered users has been growing exponentially.
Since October 1, 2017, MRA stopped accepting ordinary cheques for tax payment and taxpayers are advised to use e-Payments, bank certified cheques, bank transfers or cash to settle their tax liabilities.
By Wadza Otomani