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Commissioner Tamba-Information Technology key to effective tax administration

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LRA Commissioner General Alfreda Tamba
LRA Commissioner General Alfreda Tamba

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Alfreda Tamba, says Information Technology plays a key role in effective tax administration.

Madam Tamba further noted that with the application of information technology, revenue generation is enhanced on a larger basis.

She said:” Two years ago tax payment was done at selected windows at specific institutions in Liberia.”

Madam Tamba, however, said with the availability of information technology, including robust tax awareness by the LRA, the public is gradually cooperating.

The LRA boss also encouraged the public to see tax payment as key to building the Liberian economy.

Speaking at the Monrovia City Hall Thursday, April 12, 2018, during the launch of the Mobile Tax Payment Service, Madam Tamba hailed partners of the Liberia Revenue Authority for their support to the entity.

For his part, USAID Liberia-Country Director, Anthony Chan, says the modern tax payment scheme will increase national revenue intake in Liberia.

Mr. Chan said the new system will enable the Liberia Revenue Authority be more efficient and effective in tax collection.

Speaking at the launch of the Mobile Tax-Payment Service Thursday, April 12, 2018, Mr. Chan said the system will also limit person- to- person cash flow and reduce chances of corruption and errors.

He said the new system will make easier the process of tax payment and reduce problems tax-payers face in paying taxes.

He noted that the system will cover more than 90 percent of tax and non-tax payment transactions.

Meanwhile, President George Weah is challenging Liberians to pay their taxes if the country must make the needed progress in its transformation.

President Weah said:” Tax compliance enhances improved revenue generation and boosts the economy of any meaningful society.”

He said Liberia may not generate the kind of resources needed for its growth and development in the absence of substantial revenue collection.

The Liberian leader further noted that running away from tax payment does not speak well for a country that is striving to realize the needed transformation of its infrastructure.

President Weah who vowed to always lead by example used the occasion to pay his tax through the newly launched Mobil Tax Payment Service at the Monrovia City Hall Thursday.

He also commended the LRA and partners for efforts being made to improve tax compliance across Liberia.

 


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