NINE Lusaka-based companies have been fined by the city magistrate’s court for failure to issue cash receipts to their customers, according to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) corporate communications unit research and planning department.
The companies fined were Lamise Investment Limited, Hussein Wholesalers, Kavshar Limited, New Mapeto Traders Limited, Madina Sales Limited and Hanifa Bargain Centre Limited.
The others were Yahya Investment Limited, Attari Limited and Ghodiwala Limited.
ZRA team said 12 other companies were currently under prosecution for the same offence while in Ndola three companies were convicted for the same offence.
The companies were prosecuted under the Authority’s enforcement programme dubbed Cash Register and Invoice Enforcement Programme (CRIPE) which is aimed at addressing the problem of non-issuance of invoices, till slips and receipts by traders.
The programme was initiated following numerous reports of non-issuance of invoices, till slips and receipts from the general public.
The programme was now in phase three which involves evaluating cases and prosecuting the offenders.
Meanwhile, the latest operation conducted on the Copperbelt by ZRA revealed that out of the 15 traders visited, five were found to be non-compliant and were taken to court and out of the five, two were convicted while the three are on trial.
In Lusaka, out of 45 traders visited, 16 were found to be non-compliant and prosecution for all the 16 is currently underway. ZRA would like to urge the general public to demand a receipt or an invoice every time they make a purchase.
The Authority has since implored members of the public to report anyone impersonating ZRA employees, hoping to swindle unsuspecting people.