Used motor vehicles importers in Mangochi have welcomed the implementation of the Voluntary Compliance Window (VCW) by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and have expressed their interest to take part in the window. The sentiments were made by representatives of the traders recently when the Authority held a half-day meeting with the group in the district.
The traders said that with the hard-economic times they are experiencing due to Covid-19, the window provides them a relief that will enable them to clear their vehicles some of which were smuggled into the country by paying the principal tax arrears while penalties, interest and other charges are waived.
Opening the meeting, Head Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma, urged the participants to take advantage of the window by declaring vehicles now so that they can spread their payment within a period of six months than wait until the window is about to be closed.
On this note, Kapoloma hailed the traders for coming from far places in the district to attend the meeting which he said signified the fact that people in Mangochi are ready to work and support MRA initiatives than ever before.
I know that some of you have come from far places to attend this meeting. MRA is, therefore, very grateful for that and we assure that the Authority will continue engaging you on matters of taxation in order to address issues of common concern,’ he added.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, the chairperson of the used motor vehicle importers group, Justin Mposa, assured MRA that members of the group will take part in the window by declaring their smuggled vehicles at MRA offices and fully benefit from the window.
He then commended MRA for the good working relationship that exists between the Authority and their group adding that they feel very welcome when they clear their vehicles at Chiponde border stations and wished this should be replicated in all MRA border stations such as Dedza, Biliwiri and Mwanza.
There were twenty-nine members of the used motor vehicle group and these came from places such as Makanjira, Malindi, Malombe, Monkey Bay, Namiasi, Chimwala and Chilipa.
BY STAFF REPORTER