Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has assured Members of Parliament (MPs)
tax collecting body is optimistic in meeting the revenue target set by
Treasury as announced by the Minister of Finance in the 2020/21 National
when MRA Senior Management Team appeared before the joint Parliamentary
cluster committee of Budget and Public Accounts, the Commissioner
General, John S. Biziwick, said the Authority had put in place measures
to meet the K1.079 trillion tax revenue.
MRA Commissioner General - John S. Biziwick
“We will achieve it. We have put in place measures to achieve it despite several
challenges facing the country,” he said.
The Parliament Building - Lilongwe
Commissioner General noted that the Authority failed to meet the target
last financial year due to the Fresh Presidential Election and the
impasse due to Covid-19 pandemic which negatively affected business
operations in Malawi.
assured the joint committee that the Authority was championing various
initiatives with a view to broaden the tax net that will not only help
MRA increase revenue collection but also reduce the cost of collection.
also added that the Authority was enhancing the usage of EFDs through
and inspections programmes while at the same time fighting smuggling
through regular patrols and taxpayer education. In addition, he informed
the MPs that very soon MRA will start using drones targeting border
areas in order to net all smugglers by using the
this context, the Commissioner General called upon all taxpayers in the
to participate in the Voluntary Compliance Window (VCW) and clear their
tax debts as the window allows one to pay the principal amount while
penalties, interests and other charges are waived.
has projected that domestic revenues in the current fiscal year would
be K1.179 trillion, representing 16.5 percent of the GDP. Of this
amount, K1.079 trillion is to be collected by MRA as tax revenue while
K63.1 billion is non-tax revenue.