The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is informing owners of motor vehicles that were not duly cleared or smuggled into Malawi to settle their Customs duty obligations without paying penalties, interest or any changes.
The Authority has opened a Voluntary Compliance Window (VCW) for six months to allow non-compliant taxpayers to settle their tax obligations without paying penalties, interest or any charges.
MRA started implementing the window with effect from 8th April until 31st October 2020 to provide relief to individuals and organisations to regularize their tax affairs and increase voluntary compliance.
Taxpayers who had not been declaring imports or smuggling and those who had been misclassifying or under-declaring of importation for duty purposes are eligible to apply for VCW.
The Authority would therefore like to encourage owners of motor vehicles that were not duly cleared or smuggled into Malawi to take advantage of VCW to clear their Customs duties while the window is still open.
However, MRA is warning motor vehicle owners who fail to come forward on their own to clear their Customs duties that the Authority will punish them in accordance with the existing tax laws.
Once the window is closed, MRA will embark on intensive and extensive investigations to net all tax smugglers with a view to collect all taxes due to Government in accordance with the country’s tax laws.
To apply for VCW, download an application form from the MRA website www.mra.mw. VCW forms are also available at all MRA stations. Upload completed VCW forms on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Taxpayers can also send the completed forms through WhatsApp to 0997 222 835 or 0997 222 836.
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