Schlettwein urges taxpayers to embrace ITAS

29 Aug 2019 19:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein has urged Namibian taxpayers to embrace the new tax system, Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS), and promote it for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders and the country’s economic growth.
In a speech delivered on his behalf on the occasion of a ‘Tax Talk: Understanding ITAS’ held on the sidelines of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) here on Thursday, Schlettwein said tax revenue remains one of the country’s major sources of income.
“Hence, an effective tax collection system cannot be overemphasised,” Schlettwein stated, adding that the ministry is committed to the full implementation of ITAS by ensuring that external users of the system fully understand its benefits and are adequately acquainted with it.
According to Schlettwein, ITAS is an innovative initiative leveraging on new technology to replace the legacy system and thereby enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in tax administration.
Schlettwein pointed out that a total of 103 199 taxpayers out of the 794 165 taxpayer population in Namibia are registered as portal users thus far.
He added that Windhoek has a high population of 416 253 taxpayers with a total of 57 998 registered, followed by Oshakati with a population of 107 742 taxpayers where 11 559 have registered.
Commissioner for the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Justus Mwafongwe told those present ITAS improves operational efficiency and effectiveness in tax administration.
“At the same time, it caters for the effective execution of tax administration functions and offers online self-service, 24-hour accessibility and reduced service queues,” he explained.
ITAS went live on 17 January 2019 and is aimed at encouraging individuals and businesses to register as online tax service users and maximise the benefits of electronic filing and thereby eliminating the long queuing times previously spent at IRD offices.