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Covid-19 disrupts MRA’s campaign

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Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has suspended the ‘Kuyiphula ndi Lisiti Langa’ campaign amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

In the campaign, which was launched last week Tuesday, a person is supposed to identify a trader who is evading Value Added Tax and gets a reward of K40,000 instantly.

MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said in an interview Wednesday that the suspension was in a bid to protect the tax collecting body’s employees and the public.

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“We are putting the live of taxpayers, the lives of the buyers and the lives of members of staff as a priority. We do recognise that the campaign had the potential to expose all of them to Covid-19,” Kapoloma said.

He added that some people had already won since it was introduced on Tuesday and that it would resume once the Covid-19 outlook becomes better.

Kapoloma added that the campaign was introduced to fight tax evasion and boost revenue collection.

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“Consumers are the best inspectors of the Electronic Fiscal Device receipt and there are some traders who do not issue the receipt; so, we urged the public to make sure that they demand a receipt and if they have not been given, they should report to us and get a reward,” he added.

MRA reportedly loses a lot of money through tax evasion by traders who sometimes connive with buyers that receipts should not be generated in exchange for lower prices.

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