ZRA Chipata revenue officer Kafuna Maboshe said as an incentive, the authority can refund faithful Christians who are good church stewards, but that most people did not know about the tithe refund.
Mr Maboshe said every citizen is obliged by law to pay tax to Government just like every Christian is obliged to return a faithful tithe to God.
He said this during a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) professions and business meeting at Lutembwe SDA church in Chipata on Sunday.
“Workers who are also Christians should know that ZRA refunds tithe. All you need is to produce your payslip which shows PAYE and you also need to bring receipts from your church which should show that you have been a faithful tither,” Mr Maboshe said.
He said just as PAYE is calculated on one’s gross income, the tithe should have been paid from one’s gross income, and should be from January to December of a particular year.
Mr Maboshe explained that the tithe refund is computed hence, those that tithe from their net salaries and do so periodically, may not be eligible for a refund.
He also explained to congregants that tax revenue that the ZRA collects is ploughed back into the community by the State through provision of public goods and services such as roads, hospitals and schools.
ZRA tax payer services officer Christine Zulu in response to participants’ concerns, said the authority is a user friendly institution, and misunderstanding comes from lack of awareness of its services.
In his presentation, Eastern Province National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) regional manager Elijah Mahamba said all salaried workers should be registered as NAPSA members.
Mr Mahamba said a member can be paid pension benefits if he or she attains the age of 55 years and has contributed to the authority for 180 months (15 years).
Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) facilitator Faith Banda urged church members to register their businesses and protect their innovations.
Ms Banda said emerging companies need to invest in name branding which is one of a secret in business success.
SDA East Zambia field pastor, Moses Banda said for any business to succeed, its owners need to anchor their principles on God’s stewardship values of integrity.
Convener of the meeting, SDA Chipata district mission pastor, John Phiri commended the facilitators and said the objective of the meeting was to encourage church members to be effective Christian stewards.