The Mozambican Tax Authority yesterday launched 15 mobile collection points across the country, in efforts to reduce the distance traveled by taxpayers and increase efficiency in revenue collection.
“The entry into operation of these mobile stations will mean relief for those taxpayers who were required to travel long distances to find a place where they could register and pay taxes,” said Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Mozambican prime minister.
The government official was speaking in Sofala, in central Mozambique, during a ceremony to celebrate National Taxpayer Day, March 22.
The authorities expect to reach around 240 thousand taxpayers through the initiative, said the prime minister, referring that it is through taxes that the Government obtains financial resources for the construction of public infrastructure.
The mobile stations will operate through “allegorical vehicles” adapted for the activity and which, in addition to collecting tax payments, will also allow the obtaining of a unique identification number and the registration of activities.
“With this initiative, we aim to increase the efficiency in collecting revenue for the State, covering all potential taxpayers”, said Carlos Agostinho do Rosário.
According to Amélia Muiendane, president of the Mozambican Tax Authority, it is expected that by 2024 each district will have a “mobile allegorical vehicle” for tax collection.
According to the Tax Authority, in the last five years combined, Mozambique lost around 10% of its Gross Domestic Product’s worth, due to uncollected tax revenues.