Mauritius Revenue Authority launches Smart Application facility for e-filing
This facility enables individuals to file their returns from any smartphone, tablet, Iphone or I-pad. (Image: Strafin Global)
The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) launched its E-filing through smart applications facility yesterday, enabling individuals to file their returns from any smartphone, tablet, Iphone or I-pad.
The smart application facility is accessible on the MRA website using different internet browsers.
The deadline for taxpayers to file their returns is April01 up to April 15, 2014, as well as to make tax payments which can be effected electronically (Internet banking, ATM, SMS, Credit Card).
To this smart application, the MRA has introduced several other facilities to ease the e-filing procedures and provide better service delivery to the taxpayers.
These are: a more user-friendly tax returns through an additional field on the individual Income Tax return (IT Form 1A) to cater for “other sources” of income received by predominantly salaried taxpayers; payment by credit card, that is taxpayers using MRA e-services can settle their tax liability up to a maximum of Rs 25000, and any commission payable will be borne by the MRA.
With a view to provide further assistance to taxpayers in filing their individual Income Tax return, the MRA is also organizing a Free Income Tax Assistance (FITA) campaign in 17 regions in Mauritius and Rodrigues on the 29th and 30th March 2014. The taxpayers visiting the FITA centers will be able to file their returns electronically.
The MRA will also pursue its current strategy to induce e-filing through participation in a lucky draw with some 20 prizes worth a total of Rs 210, 000 with the first prize at Rs 50,000. The VAT lucky Draw Scheme was launched on 1st February 2014 to encourage taxpayers to claim a VAT receipt, whenever the amount of VAT paid exceeded Rs 75.
The scheme has been a roaring success, with some 900 taxpayers having participated in the draw till date.
Further, taxpayers who have registered for the MRA e-services, “the registered users”, will continue to benefit from: the pre-filled Income Tax return; refund, if any, directly credited to their bank account; several payment options (Direct Debit, Internet Banking, Orange Money); and the possibility to save a draft return and complete the exercise later.
Hence, for this new service the MRA is expecting around 135 000 total tax returns submissions for the year 2014 out of which about 125 000 electronic returns representing 90% of MRA’s total tax returns as compared to 117 410 taxpayers who submitted electronic returns in 2013.