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ZRA INTEGRATED ‘TAX ON APP’ ON CARDS

By BUUMBA CHIMBULU

A TAX on app for iPhone which will allow users make integrated border declarations and payment on a single platform, among others will soon be launched by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA). The app to be available on App Store will enable taxpayers search for customs declarations, make integrated border declarations and payment on a single platform, file tax returns and make payments.

This is according to ZRA Corporate Communications Manager, Topsy Sikalinda. “Apps have become a critical part of our lives in the technology-driven world today. As a customer-centric orientated organisation, the Zambia Revenue Authority through its innovation hub last year launched the Tax on app for android. “The team is back with Tax on App for iPhone soon to be available on App Store. The App dubbed Tax on App has a variety of features that allow taxpayers to register, search for Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN), among others,” Mr Sikalinda said in an interview. He explained that the app would include information on various Tax Legislations such as the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, Customs and Excise Act, Income Tax Act, practice notes, annual reports, tariff codes, and latest information about ZRA.

Mr Sikalinda said other functionalities that would soon be included in the application was the generation of TPIN certificates, the generation of Tax clearance certificates, and many other documents. The application, he explained, further allowed taxpayers to find out about tax information such as applicable tax rates, rebates, exemptions, duty-free items among others. He said individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and self-managed income earners, auditors, tax practitioners, and all those without specialised teams working on tax matters could now access relevant tax information in one place using their phones. “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 continues improving the product based on the customer needs who are the taxpayer,’’ Mr Sikalinda said.

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