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Govt directs new ZRA Board to address tax administration challenges

• Government appointed the new ZRA on 14th March 2022.
• The Board must ensure that ZRA services at border areas improve.
• It must address tax related frauds by guiding ZRA to enhance tax payer engagements.

Minister of Finance and National Planning has re-emphasized Government’s expectation for the new Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Board to address tax related frauds by guiding ZRA to enhance tax payer engagements, to showcase the benefits of paying taxes, and to increase automation in order to collaborate tax information, and reduce administrative inertia and fraud.
In his congratulatory Message to new ZRA Chairperson Dr. Caleb Fundanga and his vice Nana Mudenda, Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane reiterated the need to develop remedial strategies to address the low compliance levels across several tax types.
Dr. Musokotwane directed the Board to ensure that ZRA services at border areas improve and high-efficiency performance sustained so that delays, long queues, and appearance of confusion and disorder come to an end.
He also asked the Board to strengthen the measures being administered by ZRA in domestic resource mobilization, through enhanced usage of electronic platforms and increased compliance surveillance – to curb smuggling and tax related fraud.
Dr. Musokotwane further tasked the Board to timely develop an action plan that addresses the challenges in tax administration and ensures that ZRA attains the revenue collection target of above 21 percent of GDP over the medium term.
“Government’s resolve is to ensure that fiscal sustainability through enhanced revenue collections is restored; over and above the expenditure rationalization measures that are already being implemented. ZRA is pivotal in attaining this objective.”
Government appointed the new Board for the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on 14th March 2022, pursuant to the provisions of Section 12 (1) of the Zambia Revenue Authority Act Number 321 of the Laws of Zambia. The previous Board was dissolved on 6th December, 2021.

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