22 February 2013

Mozambique: Modernisation of Tax System Discussed

Maputo — As from late 2014, Mozambican individuals and institutions will be able to submit their annual tax declarations online, and pay their taxes electronically.

Currently taxpayers are obliged to queue up at the tax offices to deposit their declarations, and to pay. Payment must be by cash or cheque, since the tax offices do not possess the facilities for the use of credit or debit cards.

However, the Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) promises that this will all change under the "e-taxation" project under implementation since 2011, under which computerized systems will be used in modular form to manage tax payments.

At a seminar to brief private businesses on the matter, the project manager Atumane Muenhe said that all information on taxpayers will enter a computerised data base that can be accessed anywhere in the country.

"The computerisation of taxation will bring great benefits", he claimed.

"The taxpayers will be able to submit their declarations through the Internet, and make their payments electronically. This will reduce the time spent travelling to tax offices, and provide more transparent administrative procedures".

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