GRA official impressed with tax compliant level

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

Deputy Commissioner General (DCG) and head of Domestic Tax at the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Essa Jallow has disclosed that the level of tax compliance has significantly increased over the years despite the deadly global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that has affected revenue collection in major sectors in The Gambia and beyond. 

According to Mr. Jallow, the level of tax compliance has yielded positively in the performance of revenue collection for GRA. 

He affirmed that GRA has over the years registered unprecedented revenue performance, adding that, this is due to the level of voluntary tax compliance from individuals and companies. He said every single revenue collected matters to GRA. 

The DCG lavished praise on all tax compliant companies and individuals in helping GRA attain its annual revenue target. He also hailed the media for playing a very cardinal role in educating and sensitising the public on the relevance of paying tax.

He asserted that during 2020 when the global pandemic created a lot of lapses, GRA was able to achieve its revenue target.  

He said despite increase in the annual revenue target, GRA will maintain its steadfastness to ensure that they collect the much needed revenue for government. 

He advised all and sundry to respect the laws of the land particularly the revenue laws, saying they are the lifeline or blood of the country.

He explained that GRA is implementing its activities within its mandate; adding that GRA’s wish is to not take legal action against anyone.

He thus urged people to understand that it is through tax collection that the government provides social amenities and pays salaries among others. 

He therefore said collection of revenue or payment of taxes cannot be ignored.

He equally extolled the firm commitment and professionalism of the staff of GRA in doing due diligence to their work. He further assured that GRA would continue to register unprecedented revenue performance, while commending the GRA board and management for the leadership and guidance provided to the staff; which he said enabled them maximise revenue performance.

He finally pointed out that collecting D13.5 billion revenue in 2022 was challenging, but noted that GRA would do every effort to meet this target to enable government finance some of its key development projects.

AT/COB/DAJ/10/01/22

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