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Malawians to feel the pinch of MRA madness

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The country’s tax collecting, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) will soon make the lives of consumers a living a hell with its campaign that will lead to the confiscation of products from consumers if they fail to issue receipts for the goods.

Speaking in an interview MRA deputy director of corporate affairs Steven Kapoloma said that the campaign will start soon.

“We want traders to desist from tax aviation which is rampant in the country and we hope this campaign will do us good,” he suggested.

He added that people will be asked anywhere to produce receipts for their goods.

“If they will fail to issue the receipts then the products in question will be confiscated,” he added.
Kapoloma further said that the move will only start when after proper sensitisation.

Lately, The Malawi Revenue Authority said it would benefit from the receipt ‘langa’ campaign initiated by the Consumer Association of Malawi.

MRA Audit Officer, Kondwani Sauti Phiri said the campaign would ease tax collection in the country.

“When people will be asking for receipts it means business persons will be documenting all business transactions and as a result it will be easy for us to follow the transactions than when receipts are not issued, “he said.

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) called on consumers to demand a receipt on any purchase they make.

Cama executive director John Kapito said the launch of the campaign aims at promoting rights of consumers by providing them with necessary information on how they exercise their powers as consumers.

“This is a response to the many challenges that consumers are facing in the country. This is also one way of promoting the consumer protection law,” he said.

Kapito said since the law was enacted in 2003, it has not been brought forward to the people, adding that traders have taken advantage of the ignorance; hence, abusing rights of consumers.

“It has come to our attention that most traders are deceiving consumers that if they do not demand a receipt then they will be entitled to a discount, which is not true considering the many challenges they face after every purchase,” he said.

Kapito said the problem can be resolved if consumers demand a receipt to claim their money back in case of a faulty item that needs to be returned.

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