NamRA eyes N$48 billion revenue

23 August 2021 | Government

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) is targeting N$48.8 billion in tax collection for the remainder of the fiscal year.

This is according to its spokesperson, Tonateni Shidhudhu, who gave the figure when asked what the agency’s target was.

Before the establishment of NamRA, the ministry of finance realised N$14 billon in income tax paid by individuals, N$12.9 billion in domestic taxes paid, N$7.2 billion paid by companies, N$479 million in withholding tax, N$410 million in other taxes, N$174 million in transfer duties and N$18.9 billion in tax on international trade and transactions.

The ministry of finance armed the newly established agency with a N$79 million war chest to fund its operations during the tabling of the budget in April this year.

Off to good start

“During the reporting period, NamRA has so far collected a total net tax revenue of N$20.4 billion as compared to a net collection of N$20.2 billion collected during the same period of the preceding year, being April to July 2020. This amount represents a comparatively improved performance,” commissioner Sam Shivute said.

According to him, the amount collected equates to 42% of the total tax revenue target of N$48.8 billion for the current financial year.

“The greater revenue collection is significant and vital for the attainment of the set revenue target for the financial year,” Shivute said.

A report prepared by Visions Consulting and submitted to Cabinet contained the proposed salaries in all NamRA pay grades, with the commissioner pegged at N$225 000 a month – or N$2.7 million a year.

The structure made provision for 13 executives who would each earn up to N$170 000 a month – or N$2.05 million a year - according to the report.

Cabinet has approved a revised proposal, according to which the NamRA head can earn N$2.08 million per year – which is about N$700 000 less than the initially proposed salary.

At the launch of the agency, Shivute said tax compliance was low.

“Tax compliance in Namibia stands at 57%, which is very low. Even within the 57%, not everyone is declaring and settling what they are supposed to pay,” he said.

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