Become tax compliant or face the music

“The time is now to repent and become tax compliant.” This was the message this week of Mr Joseph Nanghonga, the Deputy Director in the Department of Inland Revenue, in the Ministry of Finance in the Erongo Region announcing details of a Tax Education Day next Wednesday (15 June 2016) at venues across the Region.
Tax Education Day will take place across all fourteen Regions of Namibia next Wednesday and according to Nanghonga, who is stationed at the Revenue Office in Walvis Bay, the theme of this education day is: “Promoting a Culture of Tax Compliance in Namibia”.
“It is a proven fact that countries with a high rate of tax compliance among its citizens do better economically and there are higher rates of development. We as Namibians need to nurture a culture of tax compliance and an understanding that each and everyone need to contribute his or her part to our Namibian house to prosper”, explained Nanghonga. Tax revenues are applied each year by Government to develop and upkeep infrastructure and to bring services to the nation. It requires money and Government’s major source of income is through taxation, Nanghonga added.
Income tax deducted from salaries or business revenues, Value Added Tax, Transfer Duties through property transactions and Stamp Duties are the main taxation streams administered by the Department of Inland Revenue.
Tax Education Day, according to Nanghonga will afford members of the public and organisations to learn more about the importance of paying your taxes, to encourage voluntary compliance, show taxpayers how to complete income tax returns and provide technical information relating to taxes administered in Namibia by Inland Revenue.
“There are many Namibian taxpayers we can see are making enormous efforts to comply. We are grateful for these individuals and businesses, but it is an unfortunate reality that some Namibians are less serious to be tax compliant”, explained Nanghonga on a serious note.
“If you don’t comply there are consequences”, Nanghonga warned. The Receiver of Revenue is empowered by law to take remedial action. These include penalties for non-compliance, interest on taxes in arrears and also repossession of assets to recuperate outstanding taxes through sales in execution, direct withdrawals from bank accounts and prevention to participate in public tenders.
“The Education Day is there for people to receive the tax compliance message. We are approachable and we can answer questions”, said Nanghonga, inviting all residents of Erongo Region to make use of Tax Education Day to get a better understanding of why and how to be tax compliant.
Here are the venues:
Walvis Bay:
Narraville (Erongo Red, Clinic) – 08:00 – 12:00
Industrial Area (near Walcon) – 13:00 – 17:00
Shop 4 Value Area – 08:00 – 12:00
Tutaleni Police Station – 13:00 – 17:00
Factories Street (Ben Amadhila Avenue, Navy Base) – 08:00 – 17:00
Police Station (Town) – 08:00 – 10:00
Correctional Facilities – 11:00 – 13:00
Walvis Bay Airport – 14:00 – 17:00
Rooikop Military Base – 08:00 – 12:00
Town (Spar/Shoprite/Pick-Pay/Woerman Brock/Namport/EBH/Kraatz) – 13:00 – 17:00
Woerman Brock (Mondesa) – 08:00 – 12:00
Multipurpose Centre – 13:00 – 17:00
Tamariskia Clinic – 08:00 – 10:00
Vineta Shopping Centre – 11:00 – 13:00
Spar in town – 14:00 – 17:00
Ocean View – 08:00 – 12:00
Mondesa Taxi Rank – 13:00 – 17:00
Clinic/Multipurpose Centre – 08:00 – 12:00
Spitzkoppe Schools – 13:00 – 17:00
Community Hall – 08:00 – 11:00
Airforce Base – 12:00 – 14:00
Navachab Gold Mine – 15:00 – 17:00
Town Hall – 08:00 – 11:00
Hospital/Township schools/Correctional Facilities – 12:00 – 17:00
Rossing Uranium Mine – 08:00 – 13:00
Husab Uranium Mine – 14:00 – 17:00
Town Hall/Clinic/NIMT – 08:00 – 17:00
Henties Bay:
Education Hall/Omdel Clinic – 08:00 – 11:00
Schools/Police Stations – 12:00 – 17:00
Councillor Community Hall – 08:00 – 11:00
Uis Shopping Centre – 12:00 – 17:00
Da Palm School Hall – 08:00 – 11:00
Clinic & Settlement Offices – 12:00 – 17:00

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