Rwanda Revenue Authority will today hold the Taxpayer’s Appreciation Day 2016 in under the theme “Voluntary tax compliance, the pillar for self-reliance.”
The Taxpayer’s Appreciation Day, an annual event to show gratitude to compliant taxpayers and their contribution to the national development and economic growth, will be held in Huye district.
In the lead up to the national celebration, RRA has organized different activities across the country, including business dialogues in all provinces to gather ideas on how to increase the level of voluntary tax compliance, the challenges encountered, the need to build a strong partnership, behavior change as well as appreciation to the best taxpayers identified in provinces.
RRA targets Rwf 1,084.4 billion of revenue for the 2016/17 fiscal year, which accounts 55.6% of the national budget (Rwf 1,949.4 billion) of the same year.
Officials at the tax body say public-private partnership is essential to achieve the target and therefore answering the aspirations and national needs.
RRA has put in place several facilities aimed at increasing tax compliance, such as electronic declaration and payment of taxes as a way to save time for business operators. These ICT facilities include electronic filing (E-filing), mobile declaration (M-declaration), M-Payment, and the use of the MobiCash platform.
The electronic billing machines (EBM) lottery and awards have also been introduced to educate and motivate people on the value-added tax collection by asking for EBM receipts for their purchases.
In customs services, facilities like the Electronic Single Window, the Authorized Economic Operator program, and the Gold Card scheme are also available for business people to work with the tax and customs administration in a more conducive and friendly, cost- and time-efficient manner.