ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Mumbuna Kufekisa said in spite of the authority having an obligation to sensitize property owners and tenants on the need to pay 10 percent withholding tax on rental income, ignorance on their part was not a defense.
Mr. Kufekisa said failure to pay withholding tax and other kinds of taxes was tantamount to breaking the law and defaulters would not be spared.
“Two months ago we graduated about 35 prosecutors. These are internal prosecutors that are going to prosecute offenders that do not pay tax,” he said.
He said this in an interview with journalists in Livingstone on Tuesday, after a sensitization workshop for the business community on rental income for tenants and landlords and the ZRA electronic paying system, ASYCUDA.
The workshop was held in collaboration with the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI).
Mr. Kufekisa reiterated that ZRA had a mandate to collect taxes on behalf of government and if people defaulted, there would be less money going to the treasury.
He said ZRA would partner with the Ministry of Lands, ZESCO, Local authorities and other government agencies so as to tap into their data and establish a database that would enable the authority identify and locate tenants and landlords.
“And the house numbering system introduced by ZICTA will also be helpful in growing our database. In the past few years the industry in Zambia has been growing in terms of infrastructure development, so it is not difficult for us to gather that information,” he said.
Earlier, Livingstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Miles Daka, said the business community had a challenge of how to access information from the ZRA.
Mr. Daka said this made it difficult for them to understand the policies that government was implementing through agencies like ZRA.