The Malawi Revenue Authority-MRA is optimistic that the citizenry will now have better understanding on taxes.
This comes after the completion of day-long media training in Blantyre on new tax measures.
The training targeted journalists from the Southern Region under the banner, Blantyre Press Club.
Malawians have been raising questions regarding the advanced income tax and the soon to be introduced duty free week.
“This training will empower reporters to understand tax measures put in place by the government of Malawi since stories about them have been rife in different media outlets. We want them to take the message to the masses and that the people benefit,” emphasized MRA’s Director of Corporate Affairs Steve Kapoloma.
On their part, the journalists through their President Blessings Kanache described the workshop as an eye opener.
“This training has come at a right time because there have been issues regarding the newly introduced tax measures. This will help us to write stories with knowledge and making sure that people understand these issues,” Said Kanache.
Meanwhile, the tax collector is expressing hope that it will meet the target of about K1 Trillion in the 2021/22 financial year.
The 2021/22 financial year is different from the previous ones as the country tries to change the financial calendar.
Previously, the government financial calendar used to start in July and ended in June.
This year, it is starting from July to March.
“There are three key interventions namely; block management system, tax stamps and Msonkho online which we believe will help us meet this target,” Kapoloma said.
The block management system will see the authority reaching out to the untaxed small scale enterprises in the country, hence increase their revenue base.