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Parliament cautions Malawi Revenue Authority

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The Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament has told the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) not to overtax Malawians but rather to ensure good tax measures that are of benefit to Malawians.

Chairperson of the Committee, Rhino Chiphiko, has said it is the duty of his committee to ensure that MRA strikes a balance when implementing tax measures.

Chiphiko made the remarks when his committee had an interface meeting with officials from the MRA yesterday in Lilongwe.

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According to Chiphiko, his committee is happy that MRA has been able to achieve its target but the general feeling of Malawians is that they are being overtaxed, citing examples of taxing basic things like bread and milk.

“Our consideration is to look at issues like people being overtaxed. We are concerned sometimes that items like milk are being taxed, which is not really in the interest of people like us to see that our people are heavily taxed. These are things that we guard against,” he said.

He further said tax policies should ensure that people in the country continue leading a good life.

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MRA Head of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma, has since said the revenue collection body is expected to collect K386 billion within the next five months.

“We have already finished collecting for the month of January. We want to make sure that the tax we collect goes to the government in order to develop the country,” he said.

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