University students urged to do research on taxation

Emmy Mbera of Rwanda revenue Authority explaining to students of Institut Catholic de Kagyu on the need for research

Emmy Mbera of Rwanda revenue Authority explaining to students of Institut Catholic de Kagyu on the need for research

Carrying out research on taxation will help increase awareness among the business community on the importance of paying taxes, an official of Rwanda Revenue Authority has said.

Emmy Mbera, EBM project coordinator at Rwanda Revenue Authority-RRA believes when more students carry out research on   taxation it will help to bring out key aspects of taxation thus increase revenue collection.

“Academic researches bring out the aspects of the point under discussion and I believe such information   may be vital for us (government) to increase awareness on taxation,” he said while briefing students of Institut Catholic de Kabgayi on Tuesday.

In a bid to harness the use of Electronic billing machines-EBMs in Value Added Tax –VAT collections, the   tax body moved to university to create awareness.

“You have the knowledge that can help the government sensitise the tax payers to commit to paying taxes,” he further noted.

The machines that were introduced in 2013 to replace the manual invoicing system, considering its IT based technology advantages and risks that were caused by manual invoices has seen an increase in VAT collections.

A few academic researches, according the tax body exist on the taxation in the country, which experts on the other hand believe is leaving the Academia behind in terms of tax policy in the country.

So far, available EBMs are close to eleven thousand while the used are 9,800 which is 82% of the targeted businesses.

While only 12000 businesses use EBM over 100,000 registered taxpayers can have an impact on market competition, the tax administration targets to distribute EBM facilities to all registered taxpayers to keep easily records though they will not be forced to pay the Value Added Tax.

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