AUTOMATION SEES ZRA

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AUTOMATION SEES ZRA

EXCEED REVENUE TARGET

ALICE NACHILEMBE writes

The Zambia Revenue Authority has exceeded it revenue target of K59.369 billion, it has been exceeded four months before the end of the year.

In an unprecedented revenue performance by the Zambia Revenue Authority since 1994, the 2021 Revenue Target of K59.369 billion has been exceeded four months before the end of the year.

This performance has largely been driven by automation, intelligence-led enforcement activities, enhanced transfer pricing audits in the mining sector, favourable copper prices and improved debt collection by the newly created Debt Recovery Unit.

All ZRA operating divisions namely Customs, Indirect Taxes, Direct Taxes and the Debt Recovery Unit are above target.

Due to automation and robust debt enforcement, there was an increased payment of outstanding arrears by some taxpayers including the Government as well as increased payments of balance of taxes by some Mining and non-Mining companies.

With renewed confidence in the Zambian economy following the peaceful change of government and the pro-business UPND government policies, the Authority is expected to perform even better.

“Despite Covid-19 transforming our lives and order in the business environment. ZRA remains committed to giving exceptional customer experience to all its taxpayers”, ZRA Commissioner General Dr. Kingsley Chanda said.

Speaking in July during the tour of the newly refurbished ground floor of Revenue House in Lusaka, Dr. Chanda said ZRA is dedicated to prioritising taxpayers by providing exceptional customer experience as they interact with the Authority both physically and online.

Dr. Chanda said customer experience is critical for enhanced voluntary compliance resulting in sustained revenue growth for the Zambia Revenue Authority. The Authority has collected K59.450 billion against the annual target of K59.369 billion and refunded K7.846 billion mainly to the mining sector.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda said at the current trajectory, the Authority will post not less than K20 billion above the 2021 national revenue budget.

Mr Sikalinda said that the performance has largely been driven by automation, intelligence-led enforcement activities, enhanced transfer pricing audits in the mining sector, favourable copper prices and improved debt collection by the newly created Debt Recovery Unit.

He said all ZRA operating divisions namely Customs, Indirect Taxes, Direct Taxes and the Debt Recovery Unit are above target.

“Due to automation and robust debt enforcement, there was increased payment of outstanding arrears by some taxpayers including Government as well as increased payments of balance of taxes by some Mining and non-Mining companies,” he said.

Mr Sikalinda said with renewed confidence in the Zambian economy following the peaceful change of government and the pro-business UPND government policies, the Authority is expected to perform even better.

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