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Non -Tax compliance, tax evasion worries Zambia Tax Platform

Economy Non -Tax compliance, tax evasion worries Zambia Tax Platform

The Zambia Tax Platform Coordinator Ibrahim Kamara has noted that issues of non-tax compliance and tax evasion have remained a problem in the Country.

Mr. Kamara said non-tax compliance and tax evasion has affected the amount of revenues that the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) is able to obtain from economic activities throughout the Country.

Mr. Kamara observed that the government and the Authority had set up a law that mandated all business houses to set up Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) as a way of monitoring transactions online and for easy auditing

“In the past government and ZRA had put in place a law on Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) that mandated all those businesses registered for Value-added Tax (VAT) to procure and install these devices,” he stated.

He observed that the challenge has been lack of installation and usage of the devices making most businesses to continue evading the law.

“In some cases, it is even between the customer and the business owners where they agree that they can cut on the price because that can be slashed from VAT so that the goods become competitive and attractive to the customers which is tax evasion,” Mr Kamara noted.

He noted that a number of businesses have continued to operate without these EFD devices because they have not yet procured them.

Mr. Kamara stressed the need to strengthen enforcement on the use of EFDs and provide stiffer penalties to those found wanting and that the Authority will continue to conduct routine checks

He urged people to always use their banking cards whenever they can, especially for large transactions as such will contribute to improving revenues.

The Zambia Tax Platform is a multi-stakeholder group that provides a critical analysis of Zambia’s tax policy regime, tax administration and promotes sustained advocacy on improving public finance management.

This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS by Zambia Tax Platform Coordinator Ibrahim Kamara in Lusaka.

5 COMMENTS

  1. This is unacceptable officers, why do you not just close businesses that are non compliant to what the law says. I heard one block making company complain that they are supposed to be using electronic systems but some do not comply and no one follows them up so most of them have all stopped using it. So the problem is enforcing this law period to cry like a baby as if you are doing anything. Talking is cheap do you job sir, the law has empowered you.

  2. There’s a lot of untaxed economic activity in Zambia. That much is known and where it is not known, it is suspected. ZRA is not up to the task not for lack of information or skills but because well, we all know , don’t we?

  3. With the most unproductive and corrupt government ever, I am not surprised. All government agencies (including ZRA) are totally corrupt, it’s so easy to NOT pay taxes – that everyone is doing it!

  4. SACK THE COMMISIONER !!!
    STOP BROWN EVELOPES
    SORT OUT THE WEB PORTAL WHICH IS IN A MESS AND SHOWING UNPAID PAYMENTS ON EVERY BUSINESS
    FISCAL MACHINES ON NOT THE PROBLEM ZRA ARE SELECTIVE WHO THEY GIVE THEM TO
    MY FRIEND ON THE COPPERBELT HAS REPORTED 3 CONCERNS WHO ARE NOT COMPLIANT AND MONTHS LATER STILL NOTHING DONE ???

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