By Adama Tine
The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) with funding from the World Bank Fiscal Management Project (GFMDP) on Wednesday held its maiden Taxpayers Charter forum aimed at creating awareness about the taxpayer’s rights and obligations.
The Taxpayer’s Charter defines taxpayers’ rights and obligations under the Income and Value Added Tax Act (2012), Customs and Excise Act (2010) and other revenue laws administration by the Authority.
Alieu Bittaye, Director of Risk Management, Reform, Modernization and IT at the GRA on behalf of GRA Director General said: “the GFMDP Project is financing the acquisition and implementation of an integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) for The Gambia Revenue Authority to replace the current tax collection and accounting system GAMTAXNET”.
He added that a key component of the project support is to provide support to taxpayers by enhancing taxpayer services which include the formulation of a taxpayer charter.
According to him, the Charter defines taxpayer’s rights and obligations under the Income and Value Added Tax Act (2012), Customs and Excise Act (2010) and other revenue laws administration by the Authority.
As a revenue administration, he said, they cherish these rights in their dealings with taxpayers.
Ndey Anta Taal, Project Manager GFMDP said the project is financed by the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank, at the tune of $35 million covering a period of 5 years.