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MRA UPBEAT TO COLLECT EXTRA K70 BN

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says it is positive to collect K70 billion in the last three months of the 2023/24 fiscal year.

Commissioner General for MRA, John Biziwick, made the remarks in Salima on the sidelines of the Commissioner General’s  Awards to MRA staffers.

He said he is optimistic that the team will manage to collect the extra  K70 billion.

“Oh, yeah, we are ready to collect this amount. We will just put up some measures to ensure that people are working hard and be able to collect that extra K70 billion,” said Biziwick.

Bizwick cited some parameters that will aid in the collection of the extra K70 billion.

Maggie Mkulama (C) MRA  Station Manager displaying their award.

“As a team, members of staff are focused on their mission, because we are there to collect revenue. Members of staff are working much harder. Through this interview let me congratulate the members of staff for the good job.

“We have realised that more taxpayers are becoming more compliant. So it’s somehow easier to do collections. But we have also closed several loopholes which were used by smugglers. We haven’t closed entirely all of them yet but we have made significant progress.  There’s also a strong performance from some of the large taxpayers, like the banking and financial services, manufacturing like Illovo and telecoms. Their success is driving our good performance,” added Biziwick.

During the awards ceremony, which sought to recognise MRA’s stations that have produced stellar performance in revenue collection, Large Taxpayer Office (LTO) within the Domestic Taxes Division (DTD)  emerged as an overall winner.

Rosemary  Ngwira, Deputy Commissioner responsible for LTO,  said team spirit among others enabled their outstanding performance.

Rosemary Ngwira (c) LTO came tops in the awards.

“Our target normally is supposed to be 70% of the total revenue collections for MRA. So that mandate alone, I think drives us to do everything possible to make sure that we contribute the much-needed funds to the revenue basket. Secondly, is the team working spirit. We have worked as a team through and through. We hope to support the collection of this extra K70 billion,” said Ngwira.

Stations that were at the bottom of the ladder in terms of revenue collection were presented with an award of a cock so that when it crows in the morning it should remind them of their duty to collect revenue.

A cock to wake them up for duty

On 2 March 2023,  during the presentation of the National Budget, Sosten Gwengwe, the former Minister of Finance, disclosed that the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) was assigned the responsibility of collecting K2.13 trillion in tax revenues for the financial year 2023/24.

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