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MRA geared to meet set revenue target

MRA geared to meet set revenue target

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has assured Members of Parliament (MPs) that the 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 Budget statement.
 
Speaking 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

The Commissioner General noted that the Authority failed to meet the target in the last financial year due to the Fresh Presidential Election and the impasse due to Covid-19 pandemic which negatively affected business operations in Malawi.
 
He assured the joint committee that the Authority was championing various reform 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.
 
Biziwick also added that the Authority was enhancing the usage of EFDs through awareness 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 modern technology.
 
In this context, the Commissioner General called upon all taxpayers in the country 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.
 
Government 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.


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