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LRA Launches Tax Compliance Awareness In Gbarnga


  19 Novembre      6        Economy (8013),

   

By Sylvester W. Korwor, Bong County Correspondent

Monrovia, Nov. 18 (LINA) – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has embarked on a “Tax Compliance Awareness Campaign” to educate residents of Bong County on the process of rural tax payment, among others.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Gbarnga recently, LRA Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate, Mr. Isaac Beyan Stephen, said as tax administrators, there was need for them to ensure that citizens have the requisite information, education, awareness and sensitization

to empower them to be aligned with the tax compliance law.

During the campaign, residents were educated on the different kinds of taxes as well as rural property tax collection strategies which, he noted, play a key role in the country’s development drive.

Stephen observed that the potentials are great; the coverage huge but regretted that net tax collection is low.

Meanwhile, the LRA official is calling on residents of the county to get the appropriate information regarding tax compliance and be good tax payers to enable government achieve its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.

He added: « It becomes difficult for any government to build roads, schools, hospitals and other

infrastructure without tax compliance. »

In remarks, LRA Senior Officer for Rural Tax Division, Mr. Gabriel Exam, indicated that some people violate tax payment simply because they are not aware of the law, describing tax payers as “people who make government function.”

Mr. Exam wants people to begin registering their properties and start paying taxes on those properties, noting that property registration will be followed by enforcement, be it residential real estate, commercial, industrial or empty lots, among others.

He described tax payment as a recipe for national growth and development, stressing: « If roads and hospitals should be built, people should learn to pay taxes in order to provide basic social services to the citizenry.

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