Tax Administration seminar underway

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) in collaboration with (IMF) organised a capacity building forum for senior staffs of GRA on Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) – a diagnostic tool that provides an objective and standardised performance assessment of a country’s tax system of its tax administration.

The purpose of the training was to sensitise the senior management of GRA on the procedures and requirements of the assessment.

The training that attracted various heads of unit at GRA is currently underway at Senegambia Beach Hotel from 3rd to 6th April 2018.

In his official opening, Commissioner General Yankuba Darboe said the authority in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs had made a request to the IMF to conduct a Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) in August 2017.

According to the commissioner general, the TADAT training for senior staffs and management of GRA is an indication of the realisation of “our collective efforts.” He cited that the TADAT is expected to assess and score their tax system for effective risk management and efficient revenue management accountability and transparency.

He explained that: “We believe that the findings of the independent assessment, once completed, will further assist the authority to better improve on its service delivery as well as in setting up new strategic priorities going forward.”

He thanked the IMF resident rep. for doing everything possible to make this training and assessment possible.

The deputy commissioner, Domestic Tax, at GRA, Essa Jallow, also said that the training for TADAT’s assessment started in Ghana, where The Gambia learnt and share each other’s experience. “So I was convinced for Gambia to be part of TADAT so that we can better focus on our priorities.”

He said the TADAT assessment is important for GRA to better understand the performance evaluation of their tax system to understand what is working and what is not working. Whatever comes out of the assessment, he said, they would share views in terms of action and collective measures.

Mr. Jallow added that tax administrations faces numerous risks that have potential to adversely affect revenue or tax administration operators. He added that managing risk is essential and requires structural approach to identify prioritising and mitigating risk. Justin O.S. Zake, Lead Facilitator Unit of TADAF IMF Head Office, also said that TADAT is a tool designed to provide an objective assessment of the key components of the system of the tax administration and extents of the reform (s) required. He said that a fundamental initial step in administering taxes was tax payer registration and numbering, however, he added tax administrations must complied and maintain a complete database of businesses and individuals that are required by law to register.

“Registration and numbering of each taxpayer are key administration processes associated with filing payment and tax collection,” he said.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh