MRA intensifies tax education in learning institutions
The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) recently conducted taxpayer education in various learning institutions in the South.
The main purpose of the exercise was to complement what students learn in class relating to taxation in subjects such as Social Studies and Mathematics.
The schools where the Authority made tax presentations included Machinga CDSS, Balaka Secondary School, Chiradzulu Secondary School, St. Augustine Private Secondary School, Mulanje Secondary School, Phalombe CDSS, Holy Family CDSS, Astepi Secondary School, Kings Victory Academy and St. Pius Secondary School, among others. The exercise covered over 1,300 students.
In his introductory remarks at Machinga CDSS, Martin Kasaila, Revenue Officer in the Domestic Taxes Division, thanked management at the school for allowing MRA to make the tax presentations.
He informed the students that MRA was visiting and making tax presentations in learning institutions to cement what teachers deliver in class with a view to build a very strong foundation for voluntary tax compliance in the country.
On this note, Kasaila urged the students to take taxation lessons very seriously not only to pass examinations but also to use the knowledge when they open businesses after school.
Areas where students were drilled in included the importance of taxes to national development, how to calculate PAYE, Withholding tax and Customs duties. MRA also explained the importance of demanding fiscal receipts every time the students purchased taxable items, among other areas.
At the end of the presentations, students were asked questions and those who answered correctly were given prizes such as hard covers, mathematical instruments and pens. The Authority also gave tax pamphlets to the schools for their libraries.
The MRA team included Kasaila and Mercy Malomboza.