The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has said that claims by the Post Newspaper that they are being fixed by the institution are not true because ZRA collects tax on behalf of Government and that the Post Newspaper is not the only company affected, but a lot of other institutions have been pursued.
Reacting to claims by Post Newspaper General Manager – Finance Rowena Zulu that the move is meant to fix the Newspaper and that Post Newspaper does not owe ZRA any money, ZRA Spokesperson Mumbuna Kufekisa said that he newspaper was aware about the matter as his office under the legal department had been engaging the company on late payments of penalties and interest accrued from the previous amount demanded.
Mr Kufekisa explained that the Post Newspapers Limited has been given 10 days to reconcile its tax accounts with those of ZRA.
He advised the Post Newspapers Limited to visit his organization if they felt the need to dispute the amount given other than claiming that the action was aimed at ‘fixing’ it.
“Take note that we are not fixing the Post Newspaper as they claim, we collect tax on behalf of Government , a lot of institutions have been pursued not necessarily the Post alone as they put it,” Mr Kufekisa
This morning, the Post Newspaper was served with two warrants of Distress demanding payment of over K16 million in taxes and tax arrears.
The first notice the Post Newspapers Limited was served with is a Warrant of Distress of K6, 954,911.75 in taxes and K9, 969,483.29 in Pay As You Earn and tax arrears in a second Warrant of Distress with a demand for these payments in full with immediate effect.