THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has urged the remaining six commercial banks to join forces with the authority in providing online tax payments which was faster and cheaper.
In 2014, ZRA introduced an online tax payment system aimed at reducing the burden on tax payers and cost of administration.
ZRA commissioner finance Bridget Muyenga said it was important for the remaining six commercial banks to join the other 13 which had already implemented the electronic payment system (e-Payment) which promoted efficiency in settling taxes.
Speaking when the authority met chief executive officers from commercial banks and other financial organisations, Ms Muyenga said the online system eliminated inconveniences which affected tax payers such as being blacklisted by ZRA.
“We appreciate the convenient of the online payment system among other methods of paying taxes. ZRA stands ready to always ensure that paying tax is 24/7. “For this reason, we would like to urge the remaining banks that have not yet implemented the ZRA e-payment solution to quickly come on board to give their clients. This is an easy payments system for taxes,” she said.
Ms Muyenga explained that the online system was simple, flexible, secure and faster while allowing taxpayers to make payments to ZRA through banks using internet.
She said customers could pay their taxes at any time and from anywhere provided they had internet and electronic devices.
“The e-payment system eliminates the inconveniences that tax payers suffer when blacklisted by ZRA. We recognise the role banks play in assisting customers pay taxes,” she said.
She said the authority decided to introduce the e-payment system to change how taxes were being made.