The commissioner general of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Yankuba Darboe has said his institution will not compromise payment of taxes, pointing out that The Gambia is a tax based economy.
He added that GRA will do its utmost to collect the needed tax for the government to better provide social amenities to her citizens.
Mr. Darboe was speaking to journalists at the West Coast Region’s governor office shortly after presiding over a tax payers’ seminar held in Brikama.
He said that GRA deems it fitting to organise a tax seminar of this nature, noting it prompted them to invite all the local authorities within the region and also invite tax experts, with presentation in all the local languages.
He said one of the challenges that GRA is facing currently particularly in the West Coast Region, is the issue of the capital gain tax – from the sale of lands. “We have realised that there are other people who are pretending to be working for GRA, when in actual fact they are not. They are trying to duplicate our stamp and other important documents and they are trying to work with other people to get money in a fraudulent way,” he warned.
He said GRA will continue educating and sensitising the general public on the importance of taxes payment to government. “In taxation, we always have defaulters and you cannot get one hundred percent tax compliance, but there is a law governing tax collection and we make sure that we follow the due process of the law for the defaulters.”
He said GRA will not just jump and close companies but follows the due process of the law and act on whatever the law says.
He enlightened that GRA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a lot of commercial banks in The Gambia.
He explained that the GRA for the past year deployed a lot of staff collecting revenue everywhere, receiving monies on behalf of GRA. GRA, he said, has realised that technology has gone very far and the system that GRA has can work with the banks to have this system with them.