Government warns traders in Eastern Province against evading tax.

Government has accused some traders in Eastern Province of evading tax payments such VAT, the value Added Tax.
Speaking to officers from CCPC during a courtesy call, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, observed that many traders in the region have developed a tendency of avoiding returning the taxes by omitting to issue out receipts, despite being registered with ZRA, the Zambia Revenue Authority.
Mr. Kasolo further noted that some traders are charging VAT, despite not being registered.
The Permanent Secretary has strongly warned such traders that they will be caught and has called on CCPC to be on the lookout for such vices in Eastern Province.
He expressed disappointment that millions of Kwacha which is meant to go into government coffers are being pocketed by the traders.
Meanwhile, the number of cases dealt with by CCPC in the first six months of this year has surpassed the number of cases dealt with the whole of last year, countrywide.
CCPC Principle Investigator, Moses Masantu, revealed that the commission has dealt with 900 cases as of June 30 this year, which is already more than 827 cases dealt with last year.
Mr. Masantu attributed this to increased awareness from the consumers through the use of the newly established toll free line which he says is proving to be effective.

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