LRA Takes Tax Education to Churches

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Curch members at LRA's Tax Education Initiative in Monrovia.

The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), through its Real Estate Tax Division, is extending its tax awareness to churches to encourage worshipers to be tax compliant by meeting their tax obligations to the state, a release from the LRA has said.

The campaign, according to the release, commenced on Sunday, September 16, at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Church located on the Tubman Boulevard in Congo Town, where more than 1000 worshipers were in attendance.

In an effort to increase domestic resource mobilization and boost the revenue collection across the country, the LRA has embarked on series of awareness and tax clinics intended to take the entity to the people, and encourage them to become tax compliant.

LRA Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division Isaac Beyan Stevens, who made the presentation at the church, described tax payment as a national duty, and obligation by all residents of the country.

Commissioner Stevens said the development of any country requires the full cooperation of citizens, especially through the payment of their tax obligations, noting that tax payment is everybody’s business.

“The taxes you pay,” Stevens told the congregations, “help the government to build roads, bridges and improve the living standards of Liberians by providing basic social services.”

The presentation covered, Real Estate Property Tax, the kinds of real estate properties, and associated taxes as well as the procedures, and due dates of paying these taxes.

Mr. Stevens called on churches to encourage their members to be tax compliant by paying their fair share of taxes to help develop the country.

Meanwhile, the Resident Bishop of the Dominion Christian Fellowship Church, George W. Washington, urged members of the congregation to take advantage of the tax awareness provided by the LRA and pay their taxes.

Bishop Washington wants members of the church, who own properties to fully cooperate with the LRA in meeting their obligations to the state.

He said it is about time that true believers live an exemplary life that others can follow.

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