BY TOPSY SIKALINDA
AN innovative android based Tax app, developed by within the ZRA innovation Centre was recently launched and is now for download on google play store.
The App dubbed Tax on App has a variety of features that allow tax payers to register, search for Tax payer Identification Number (TPIN), search for customs declarations, make integrated border declarations and payment on a single platform, file tax returns and make payments.
Th application further allows taxpayers to find out about tax information such as applicable tax rates, rebates, exemptions, duty free items among others.
The core values of the authority are Taxpayer focus, Integrity, Professionalism, Innovation and Networking (TIPIN). Under innovation, the authority believes in simplicity, Convenience and compliance. The success of every business depends on its ability to adapt and create fresh innovative ideas and products that serve their clients better.
The simple-to-use tech innovation app will make it easier for tax payers to navigate through content transact with the authority from the palm of their hands on a mobile phone.
The app will also include information on various Tax Legislations such the VAT Act, Customs and Excise Act, Income Tax Act, practice notes, annual reports, tariff codes and latest information about the Authority.
Individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners and self-managed income earners, auditors, tax practitioners, lawyers, and all those who do not have specialized teams that work on tax matters can now access relevant tax information in one place using their phones.
The app has quick turnaround times on revisions of the acts and legislation and it is updated immediately when new tax legislation or ZRA information is introduced.
The product takes an agile approach which is not a thing but rather an agile mindset that drives an approach to software development of solutions through a collaborative effort adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continual improvement back by the Kaizen concept. This encourages flexible responses to change and continue improving the product based on the customer needs who are the taxpayers.
The authority has in the past launched the Taxonline system which is the main system that was locally built with support from the Copperbelt University. The Authority also launched Tax on phone which is a USSD platform that uses *858# meant to serve the informal sector as it does not require a smart phone but any simple phone would do the magic. Then TaxonWhatsApp Payment solution was also launched in collaboration with Cgrate 543 Konse Konse making it possible for tax payers to pay all taxes within the whatsApp application. Now the latest addition is TaxonApp which is a high-tech app aimed at offering a 360 degrees solution from general information, to tax education, registration, filing of returns, customs declarations and making tax payments.
The best you can do now is go to the google play store and download taxon app today and enjoy the experience.
BY TOPSY SIKALINDA