Taxpayers urged to use e-filing

Since the ITAS system was introduced in January 102 936 out of 793 399 taxpayers have registered as portal users.

02 September 2019 | Ministries

Finance minister Calle Schlettwein is encouraging taxpayers to register and make use of the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS), an online tax assessment service introduced by the ministry of finance this year.

The ministry introduced the electronic filing system to eliminate long queues at Inland Revenue offices when taxpayers submit their annual returns.

In a speech read on his behalf by the director for large taxpayers and investigations, Justus Mwafongwe, the minister said since the ITAS system was introduced in January 102 936 out of 793 399 taxpayers have registered as portal users.

Schlettwein said ITAS embraces modern information technologies to automate tax administration processes.

This is aimed at maximising revenue collection, improving taxpayer services, enhancing operational efficiency and streamlining tax administration functions.

“ITAS is an innovative initiative leveraging on new technology to replace the legacy system, thereby enhancing efficient and effective tax administration. This system embraces modern information technologies to automate tax administration business processes which contribute to the attainment of strategic objectives of the ministry,” Schlettwein said.

“The ministry of finance reckons that ITAS will transcend as part of the economic advancement agenda as outlined in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.”

Schlettwein added that taxpayers benefit in many ways by registering on the online system. Taxpayers can now file their tax returns from the comfort of their home or office and the assessment is done instantly in real time.

“This service allows taxpayers to register, file returns and update registration information. In addition, taxpayers are able to view their accounts and returns status and search for general information. By viewing records, you can point out what you owe or what the receiver of revenue owes you. The system further allows you to submit several requests online such as good standing and clearance certificate and many more,” Schlettwein added.

Long queues are always seen at revenue offices countrywide just to submit tax returns.

Namibian employers start distributing PAYE 5 certificates to employees in March and individual tax returns for employees are due before 30 June. Businesses should submit their returns by 30 September.

Taxpayers tend to wait until the last minute to submit their returns, which can result in frustrations such as standing in long queues at the end of June.



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