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Namibia’s ambitious tax relief programme is a game changer

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In February this year, Namibia introduced a tax relief programme that gives taxpayers 100% off penalties and 75-95% off interest owing.

Saiba’s Namibia representative Lehanna Nel says the tax relief programme is one of several that have yielded good results. “I think that the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa) is trying to get our taxpayers to subscribe to our efiling system, and in turn trying to help taxpayers with unresolved tax issues and outstanding taxes. This is the third one running and has yielded good feedback in terms of getting the taxes up to date at least.”

This is proof that such campaigns can create a win-win for both the tax agency and the taxpayer says Lehanna. It’s also turning out to be a game changer for Namibia.

There are six steps to participate:

  1. Register as an ITAS (Integrated Tax Administration System) e-filer
  2. On your portal account, register to partake in the tax relief programme
  3. File all outstanding returns electronically and pay your capital tax debt in full
  4. 95% interest and 100% penalty amounts will be automatically reversed if your capital balance was paid in full by 30 April 2021
  5. 75% interest and 100% penalty amounts will be automatically reversed if you settle your capital balance after 30 April 2021
  6. Pay the remaining 5% or 25% interest amount.

Lehanna says NamRa has benefitted form the appointment of two senior executives: Steven Yarukeekuro and Tonateni Shidhudhu.

Yarukeekuro is a lawyer by background who previously served as head of legal and company secretary at Momentum Metroplitan Namibia. He has since been appointed as chief of strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and taxpayer education at NamRa.

Shidhudhu previously served as chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Finance. He was since been appointed manager of strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and taxpayer education at NamRa.