Kigali — Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has moved a step further in bringing services close to the people by introducing a mobile telephone facility that allows people to declare and pay their taxes using mobile phones.
The facility dubbed M-declaration was launched last week during the Taxpayer's Day celebrations in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete.
While unveiling the online facility, Gatete urged taxpayers to embrace easy and cost effective facilities in paying taxes as they will save time and money spent while declaring and paying taxes.
"We commend RRA for introducing this facility but also urge you to continue introducing new facilities that will help taxpayers to easily pay taxes in a more conducive environment as this will increase compliance and domestic investment in the country." Gatete Said
This was not the only application introduced because other online facilities such as online non-fiscal payment, Electronic Billing Machines and RRA service charter were introduced that day.
According to RRA officials, the online facilities were introduced so as to transform business environment by reducing the time spent by taxpayers to declare and pay taxes as well as queuing while waiting to pay taxes at RRA offices and banks.
The introduction of these services is also expected to help further widen the tax base and reach some taxpayers who still slip through the tax net by introducing easy and cheap processes of paying taxes.
Speaking at this occasion, the RRA Commissioner General, Ben Bahizi Kagarama said that the institution he heads has put in place different initiatives to ease the process of paying taxes, especially through embracing technology.
"Our aim is to maximize opportunities and modernise taxpaying system so that its friendly to taxpayers by making the process as easy as it possibly can get," he said.
With the new M-declaration, payment is enabled via any of the mobile money platforms plus MTN-Mobile money, Tigo Cash and Airtel Money.