ZRA to inroduce mobile phone tax application

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) will introduce a mobile phone application that will be used to pay taxes.

According to ZRA, the mobile application will be introduced next year and was mainly aimed at small and medium enterprises.

At the moment the tax statutory body uses the over the counter and online payment methods.

However, there are very few people who have access to the Internet compared to those who own mobile phones as well as other handheld gadgets.

One advantage with the use of mobile phones is that tax payers will not need to go to ZRA offices to make their payments.

Meanwhile, foreign and local businesses can easily register their companies in Zambia through electronic registration with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA).

This is according to information that PACRA submitted to the 52 nd Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF), which took place from June 29 to July 7, 2016.

PACRA said in the ZITF catalogue that online registration of businesses on the website www.pacra.org.zm was launched on January 15 this year.

“With this system, all PACRA services, with the exception of share transfer and lodgment of mortgages can be accessed electronically, “says the ZITF catalogue.

The catalogue says that those who intend to register companies within Zambia and from abroad could make payments on the website using visa enabled cards.

PACRA, a government institution, was one of the exhibitors at this year’s trade fair and has been one of the major participants in past shows.

It remains committed to continuously reducing the cost of registration by making the online option user friendly.

“It is indebted for the overwhelming feedback from the public and will be making improvements to ensure that its esteemed customers get value for money, “the government submitted to ZITF.

PACRA’s system is available 24 hours and seven days in week through the institutional website.

 “Any internet enabled device such as a computer or a smart phone can be used to access the system,” says PACRA.

This means that foreigners and local people who wish to register their business can easily access the system anywhere in the world.

PACRA started with the hard copy filling system, which was costly for local business people who had to travel long distances because the institution has few offices dotted across the country.

On the other, a foreign who intended to establish had to spend a lot of money to travel to Zambia to make hard copy filings.

Meanwhile, those who register their companies and businesses can apply using a similar system to that of PACRA to acquire a tax clearance certificate with Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).

ZRA, which is one of the major exhibitors at the trade fair, has a similar system from which business can file tax returns electronically.

With that system, it is possible foreign investors owning businesses in Zambia can be able to file returns even if they are outside the country.

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