Mauritius Revenue Authority sensitises youth on tax culture; promotes e-filing
This is the first of MRA’s sensitisation campaigns to be directed at tertiary students, targeting students pursuing higher studies with a view to encouraging the establishment of a tax culture in Mauritius. (Image: Mizo Zeitgest)
Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) saw some 100 student participants at its half-day workshop on the theme “Establishing a Tax Culture in Mauritius”, held on September 22, 2014 at the University of Mauritius (UoM).
The aim of this workshop was to sensitise UoM students on the importance of paying taxes in the future of a model citizen.
In MRA’s sensitisation campaign series, this workshop directed at tertiary students is a first, targeting students pursuing higher studies with a view to encouraging the establishment of a tax culture in Mauritius.
Besides, the MRA has conducted several sensitisation campaigns in some 50 secondary schools on the importance of taxation in society since 2012.
In his opening speech, Sudhamo Lal, Director General of the MRA, gave an overview of the overall functions of the MRA – the sole authority that administers the tax regime and collects taxes in Mauritius.
Also, he mentioned the various initiatives by the MRA that aim to enhance customer experience in submitting returns and paying taxes, among which feature prominently, latest trends such as e-filing services, as well as submitting income tax returns on smartphones or tablets.
He added that the MRA is conscious of the evolution of new technologies and offers the best services to its customers, in line with the latest technological trends.
Furthermore, Sudhamo Lal highlighted that the MRA collects approximately 92% of fiscal receipts in Mauritius electronically. In 2013, MRA collected fiscal revenues of Rs 61.7 billion, representing an increase of 80% over the amount collected in 2006, which stood at Rs 34.2 billion.
According to the latter, it is important to educate taxpayers about their rights and duties, as well as the authority’s commitment towards them, especially in context of the youth of today whom he regards as important future tax contributors.
For Naimduth Bissessur, Director, Taxpayer Education and Communication Department, MRA, the tax authority wants to establish a tax culture in the younger generation. It also wants to ensure that Mauritians pay their taxes not only due to legal obligation, but also because of a sense of civic duty.
The MRA is planning to organize workshops in the same context in other tertiary institutions because it considers that it is crucial to begin with students who are regarded as future taxpayers.