ZAMBIA Revenue Authority(ZRA) Commissioner General Berlin Msiska has said voluntary compliance of paying of tax was the best way to deal with business.
Mr Msiska said at ZRA stakeholders meeting held at Protea hotel in Chipata yesterday that business becomes expensive if the business community do not comply in voluntary compliance.
He said it was better to pay the tax in order for the Government to carry out various developmental projects in the country.
Mr Msiska said there was need to comply by obliging to voluntary tax so that the business becomes cheaper.
“Voluntary compliance is the best way in dealing in business.As you might be aware,Government depend on the same resources to carryout developmental projects in the country.So please comply to voluntary in paying tax so that your business cannot become expensive,”he said.
Mr Msiska said ZRA has undergone several reforms since 1994 with the help of the Government made several reforms in a number of areas.
He said ZRA had put some online systems which would assist in knowing who have complied in the payment systems.
He said the online systems,one was placed in Ndola,Kabwe and Lusaka respectively in an effort to ensure that there was efficient in the payment systems by the business community.
Mr Msiska said he was happy that ZRA has also upgraded the Chipata domestic office in order to meet the requirement of the authority.
He said he said the construction of the One Stop Border post at Mwami border would assist in boosting up regional integration between Zambia and Malawi.
He said he was also happy that ZRA has put up scanners at Chanida and Mwami border posts which were able to scan what was in the transit containerised trucks exiting and entering the country.
And ZRA Commission of Finance,Bridget Muyenga refuted claims that ZRA was only following those perceived to be on opposing side.
Ms Muyenga said ZRA was an independent body which was focusing on collecting tax without any discrimination.
She said ZRA had a duty bound to ensure that various taxes were collected in the professional manner without targeting the opposition political parties.