08 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

Geingob launches Namibia Revenue Agency

Every Namibian who earns above the minimum threshold of N$50 000 per annum irrespective of what they do, is required to pay tax by law.

Tax compliance in Namibia stands at 57% which is very low. Sam Shivute: Commissioner: NamRa

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU

Accountability, honesty and loyalty are some of the values that will ensure that the newly launched Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa) which will be key in collecting tax revenue, excel and efficiently achieve its objectives.

The tax revenue collecting body was officially launched yesterday by president Hage Geingob at the Windhoek Country Club, which saw finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi handing over the power of revenue collection to NamRa’s commissioner, Sam Shivute.

Speaking at the event, Shivute notes that they have developed a clear, practical and unifying vision to guide them in achieving their objectives.

He further stated NamRa’s mandate is a very serious responsibility, hence, consultations with different stakeholders played a crucial role in developing a strategy and vision for the institution.

“Our vision at the Namibia Revenue Agency is to be a world class revenue agency, serving with passion to positively impact the livelihood of every Namibian. We can never aim to be an average or second-class agency,” he said.

He mentioned that tax contribution will help positively impact lives of every Namibian as it will determine the quality of roads, availability of sufficient medicines and stationaries in hospitals and schools, and also ensuring that civil servants are remunerated.

Tax compliance

NamRa’s strategic plan aim to improve voluntary compliance through tax education and stakeholder’s engagements.

“Tax compliance in Namibia stands at 57% which is very low. Even within the 57%, not everyone is declaring and settling what they are supposed to pay,” he said.

Transfer pricing will be a practice of the past to ensure that Namibia collects sufficient revenue to enhance economic growth and development, Shivute added.

Also speaking at the launch is finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi who pointed out that Namibia is one of the countries with a high tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio.

This implies that most of Namibia’s revenue is generated through tax collection. Hence, it took a while to justify why Namibia needed a revenue agency. However, there was a need to increase efficiency in collecting tax revenue, while at the same time expanding the tax base.

Shiimi urged everyone who earns above the minimum threshold of N$50 000 per annum irrespective of what they do, to pay tax as it is their national duty.

Redistribution

Geingob in his speech mentioned that transformation of tax, customs and excise administration function into a semi-autonomous institutional setting represents a distinct addition to the stock of robust national institutions with great latitude of transparency and accountability, thus enhancing public trust.

This institutional reform presents opportunity to achieve greater equity in the revenue administration function. “The loft goals of our national Vision 2030 inspire us to be an industrialized, knowledge-based economy with decent living conditions for all Namibians,” he added.

The taxpayer community expects to experience the flow of benefits arising from taxation in the form of efficient public infrastructure, affordable and reliable public services and social protection for the vulnerable members of the society, Geingob said.

Gleiche Nachricht

 

N$8.2 billion spent on foreign goods in Feb

vor 3 tagen - 13 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUFor the month of February this year, the value of imports into the country amounted to N$8.2 billion down from its level of N$9.5...

Streik bei Marmorwerken beginnt

vor 3 tagen - 13 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

Swakopmund/Karibib (er) - Angestellte des Unternehmens Best Cheer Investments Namibia haben gestern bei den Marmorwerken in Karibib die Arbeit niedergelegt. Der Streik wird andauern, bis...

Namibia ‘losses’ billions in export earnings

1 woche her - 09 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUNamibia lost about N$1.9 billion in export earnings in February 2021 as exports reduced by 24.6% to N$5.7 billion from its level of N$7.6...

Zimbabwe expecting tobacco boom in 2021

1 woche her - 09 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

Zimbabwe's tobacco output is expected to grow by around 9% to 200 000 tonnes this year, the industry regulator said Wednesday, providing a major source...

Heuschrecken bedecken Straße

1 woche her - 09 April 2021 | Landwirtschaft

Windhoek/Ariamsvlei (ste) • Die Heuschreckenplage scheint in Namibia nicht vorüber zu sein. Gestern berichtete die Leserin Christine van der Merwe erstaunt von massiven Heuschreckenschwärmen im...

Geingob launches Namibia Revenue Agency

1 woche her - 08 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUAccountability, honesty and loyalty are some of the values that will ensure that the newly launched Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa) which will be key...

Namibia Revenue Authority officially operational

1 woche her - 07 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe long-awaited Namibia Revenue Authority (NamRA) is finally operational, following the notice by the Minister of Finance Ipumbu Shiimi on 01 April 2021.Ministry of...

Ongwediva-Handelsmesse erstmals auch virtuell

1 woche her - 07 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

Windhoek/Ongwediva (NMH/sb) • Die jährliche Ongwediva-Handelsmesse (Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair, OATF), die im vergangenen Jahr aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie ausfiel, wurde in diesem Jahr von neun...

Landlords finally on their knees

1 woche her - 06 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDue to oversupply of rental properties and more bargaining power possessed by tenants, landlords are forced to settle for less in rental payments for...

Economy on life support

vor 2 wochen - 01 April 2021 | Wirtschaft

Jo-Maré Duddy – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the ongoing recession, sucked more than N$5 billion out of the economy last year.Preliminary...