DECEMBER 4, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
In a bid to keep their taxpayers informed about latest development in the institution and also ensure an effective collection of revenue, the National Revenue Authority (NRA) yesterday in a one-day workshop lectured taxpayers on withholding tax.
Making a statement on behalf of the Domestic Tax Department Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner of Monitoring, David A. Lansana, said there was huge compliance among tax payers which has aided NRA to meet their target and exceed it.
He said NRA is assigned with the mandate of collecting revenue for the state and that they thought it prudent to always keep their customers informed about any new development in taxation, thus the rationale to organize the workshop.
In his presentation, an Assistant Commissioner at the Small and Medium Tax Department recalled that a month ago, Finance Minister Dr. Kaifala Marah thanked NRA Commissioner-General, Haja Kallah-Kamara for a job well done, although the thanks should have gone to taxpayers for cooperating with the revenue authority.
He continued that the NRA boss would always commend taxpayers who are in compliance with paying their taxes, while noting that others have failed in that regard, thus holding the country’s development to ransom.
“Let me say it here that there is a Le50 million penalty or two years imprisonment for a taxpayer that fails to comply with the rules and regulations of the National Revenue Authority. That is why we always organize workshops to inform our taxpayers because we would not want them to be victims of the penalty,” he said.
Earlier, in his opening statement, Cooperate Affairs Manager, Mohamed Bangura, thanked the officials who regularly pay their taxes despite very difficult times posed by the Ebola outbreak in the country.
He emphasized that the country depends on taxes to pursue national development.