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ZRA to pursue tax evaders

By ESTHER MSETEKA
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) says it will ensure that taxpayers who evade taxes are investigated and possibly prosecuted.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by the ZRA corporate communications unit research and planning department.
“The Minister of Finance does not instruct the Zambia Revenue Authority to undertake enforcement action against taxpayers,” the statement reads
ZRA said it has a statutory duty to collect revenue on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
“Notwithstanding the above, the Zambian citizenry have a civic responsibility to express concern when players in the economy disregard the law passed by parliament for the timely collection of the much-needed revenue for Government to provide services and achieve its development agenda,” the statement reads
ZRA said non-compliance with the tax law is expensive and the authority will ensure that taxpayers who evade taxes are investigated and possibly prosecuted.
This follows media reports that Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda allegedly instructed ZRA to pursue The Post to collect tax revenue amounting to K26.8 million.



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