The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has warned tax collectors assigned across the country to abstain from any form of dishonesty and complacency in the discharge of their duties in collecting government’s revenue.
Speaking Thursday, March 17, at the opening of a two-day workshop to enhance the capacities of rural tax collectors in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the LRA Manager for Tax Business Offices Mr. Bob N. Johnson, told participants that the LRA stands for high level of professionalism, integrity, commitment and transparency and that those working with the Authority must work with these values.
“The LRA is a performance-based entity and we will not encourage laziness. You have to work hard to meet your targets and the LRA’s overall objective of transparently collecting lawful revenue,” Mr. Johnson noted, adding that “those things of the past [corruption, collusion, tax negotiation] should be things of the past.”
The Buchanan workshop which brought together participants from Grand Bassa, Margibi and Rivercess Counties is the second regional workshop under the auspices of the Domestic Tax Department of the LRA.
The first was held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh in January for staff of the Tax Business Offices in Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Maryland and River Gee Counties.
Mr. Johnson said domestic taxation is very critical to the revenue base and to national development; therefore, those colleting domestic taxes should aim to maximize the revenue potential of the sector.
“We have a mandate to collect taxes for the country, and to do this effectively, you, our collectors, in the rural areas must be provided the knowledge and skills to make you more effective,” Johnson told participants
Mr. Johnson said the workshop is further intended to advance internal control measures geared towards ensuring proper accountability for all revenue instruments including flag receipts among others.
The Manager for Tax Business Offices then challenged TBOs and collectors assigned there to expand their tax base, especially in Grand Bassa where many businesses are being established and expanded.
The workshop upgraded the knowledge of participants the Revenue Code of Liberia, the Cash Receipt Process, Revenue Instrument Accountability Measures, Revenue Collection techniques and strategies as well as Record Management.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Domestic Tax, Darlingston Talery has challenged the business community in Buchanan City and Grand Bassa as a whole, to be tax compliant.
Addressing the business community in Buchanan City, Commissioner Talery indicated that paying taxes is a national obligation, and that it is a must as long as one lives in a country.
He said governments all over the world need taxes to finance projects and to deliver basic social services and provide security for the people.