The Liberia Revenue Authority has received 100 tablets and 174 GPS gadgets from USAID through its Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth (RG3) project.
The donation is part of efforts to strengthen the capacity of the LRA Real Estate Community Partnership Project to map and identify real estate properties as part of the authority’s revenue collection program.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony recently at the headquarters of the LRA, USAID Economic Governance Specialist Roosevelt G. Tule said the electronic devices are intended to help to enhance the work of the LRA in archiving its domestic resource mobilization drive.
Receiving the donation, Commissioner General (CG) Elfreda Stewart Tamba, thanked the taxpayers of the United States for their significant contributions to the LRA through the USAID/RG3 Project.
CG Tamba said the donation from USAID will contribute greatly to the promotion of LRA’s Real Estate Community Partnership Project.
“We are confident that this donation will help to accelerate the rate at which the LRA captures properties in the tax net,” added CG Tamba.
The CG indicated that so far, the LRA, under the Real Estate Project, has captured 40,000 properties, and that the donated gadgets will boost the initiative and contribute to domestic resource mobilization in the country.
Tamba also disclosed that the LRA and RG3 Project are working closely to introduce new systems that will enhance revenue collection and resource mobilization, adding that RG3’s support to the LRA is intended to enhance the authority’s ability to effectively, efficiently and transparently implement tax policies and carry out its revenue collection mandate.
RG3’s vision is to support the Government of Liberia, private sector, and civil society to strengthen consultation, education, and engagement on taxes and their benefits with an aim to build a tax compliance culture, increase voluntary compliance, and foster greater trust between taxpayers and the government, according to CG Tamba.