The Centre for Trade Policy and Development has called for the enhanced monitoring of the Zambia Revenue Authority.
CTPD Executive Director Isabel Mukelabai has observed that ZRA has continued to underperform in revenue collection as shown in the latest Auditor General’s report on Parastatals.
‘If you look at the Auditor General’s report, it clearly shows that there is a lot of laxity on the part of ZRA to collect taxes including mineral royalty taxes and trade taxes and this is costing us billions in revenue losses,’ Mrs Mukelabai said.
She added, ‘We lost over K 7 billion in 2013 in uncollected revenue and 85 percent of this was on account that ZRA just failed to do its job. We cannot continue going on this path if we are to develop as a nation.’
Mrs Mukelabai has recommended that subjecting the Commissioner General to a performance based contract would help tackle the management failure highlighted in the Auditor General’s report.
She also recommended that ZRA be subjected to annual revenue audits before the main audit is undertaken to ensure that it collects all due taxes on behalf of the Zambian people.
‘We need to have a Commissioner General who will be working purely based on performance and clear revenue collection targets. We cannot have a Commissioner who continues to under collect the revenue continue on the job,’ he said.