Malawi Revenue Authority yet to move on tax stamps
The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is yet to implement the tax stamps system on imported goods, almost a year after the strategy, which aims at reducing smuggling, was introduced.
MRA Commissioner General John Bizwick told journalists last week that the strategy is yet to materialise as some procurement processes are yet to be concluded.
“We are still going through a procurement process but it is at an advanced stage and once we get a nod from PPDA [Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority], we should be able to roll out the project,” he said.
In the project, MRA is expected to be putting a stamp on imported goods, especially alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, to certify if they have passed through designated routes.
It was announced when the strategy was being introduced that, once it rolls out, MRA officials will be checking products and owners of products without stamps would be taken to task.
The project was touted as one of the means of reducing smuggling, which is costing the country heavily.
Last week, MRA commemorated 23 years of service.
Bizwick said the journey has been fruitful and expressed hope that the authority will continue serving Malawians well.
“We have seen a lot of changes and we are also engaging taxpayers more and more efforts will be put into automation and digitisation so that we can improve interaction and services,” he added.
MRA started its operations on February 15 in 2000.
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