GRA educates UTG students, staff on Tax Compliance

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday embarked on its continuous awareness programme on Tax Compliance for the staff and students of the University of The Gambia.

The daylong sensitisation was funded by UNDP through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs to strengthen the capacities of national institutions responsible for economic and financial management.

The seminar was part of GRA’s ongoing strategy to educate and sensitise the general public on taxes itcollects as an institution.

The seminar targeted more than 75 students from both the Faculty of Law and School of Business and Public Administration.

In delivering the official opening, the commissioner general of GRA, Yankuba Darboe told students that GRA was delighted at engaging the University of The Gambia and other key stakeholders such as regional authorities and the business community in series of programmes to deepen their understanding of revenue management and administration.

According to Mr. Darboe, the seminar will also discuss new tax reforms and clarify challenges faced by the authority and taxpayers in the process of collecting the much needed tax revenues for government.

The GRA Boss said GRA together with the Ministry of Finance had undertaken reforms aimed at revising tax rates in some key revenue lines including rental income tax, corporate income tax, employment and individual income tax.

He also declared that there isamong others ongoing efforts to further improve the business environment with more focus placed on expanding the tax base through compliance improvement initiatives such as that forum.

“It is our hope that these reforms will subsequently accord positive impact on the living standards of the citizenry.

“We hope that the UTG will continue to support the implementation of government tax reforms initiatives aimed at improving revenue collection for national development,” he said.

“As revenue administrators, we will continue to value and appreciate the UTG partnership and kindly urge the administration to always engage the authority on matters of taxation to enhance greater understanding and appreciation” he concluded.

For his part, Ebrima Corr, from UTG also said that training of UTG students on Tax Compliance to understand the tax system is important and will enhance the social development of the country. “We welcome the advantage of this seminar for our students, and with the great initiative from GRA.”

Also speaking at the event was Nuha Nyassi, from the Project Coordinating Unit under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, who said that as part of implementing the projects, they were very impressed with the commitment from GRA.

IMF’s Madam Rausalla Banda expressed appreciation to be associated with this very important tax seminar for UTG students and staff, saying that with this training, more awareness creation about the importance of Tax Compliance will be built.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh