By Elizabeth Mandala
Blantyre, Mana: Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has re-launched Kuiphula ndi Lisiti Langa campaign to encourage consumers and buyers demand Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) receipts for every transaction made to enhance collection of Value Added Tax (VAT).
The campaign which was suspended due to covid-19 scourge in January will now run from March 1 to May 3, 2021.
“The main objective of the campaign is to encourage Value Added Tax (VAT) registered traders to issue EFD receipts all the time.
“And through the campaign, MRA seeks to raise awareness among buyers on the importance of demanding an EFD receipt and remind VAT registered businesses of their obligations to issue EFD receipts for every sale,” Head of Corporate Affairs at MRA, Steve Kapoloma disclosed this Tuesday to Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre .
He said the reward would be given to a buyer for reporting non-issuance of EFD receipts after purchasing goods at a particular shop.
However, reward will be given after verification of the offence and charging of a minimum penalty of K500, 000.00 to the shop owner by EFD inspectors.
The Authority is encouraging buyers to check their EFD receipts and ensure that correct details of a transaction are recorded.
Those who are issued with receipts that do not have correct information should report and will be rewarded as well.
“There is no limit to the number of reports that one can make. Therefore, MRA is encouraging members of the public to promptly report any VAT malpractice by dialling 0885514939 or 0885514934 and earn instant cash rewards,”Kapoloma added.
EFD Manager, Bentry Khonje said the Authority has placed MRA inspectors across where buyers would go and report the malpractice.
“At the moment, we have inspectors at Malawi Post Corporation where consumers can go and collect their reward in cash.
“As we scale up in other districts, we will have more offices with MRA officials who will assist during the campaign,” he said.
The campaign is expected to roll out in Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu from March 15, 2021.