By Patricia Male
Over 33,000 vehicles have been discovered not to have matching records of customs clearance between the Zambia Revenue Authority -ZRA- and the Road Transport and Safety Agency -RTSA-.
This is after ZRA carried out an exercise to verify if motor vehicles registered at RTSA from 1st January 2015 to 31st October 2021 are also registered on the ZRA Asycudaworld and paid taxes.
ZRA Acting Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala however says the exercise has established that about 33,045 registered motor vehicles at RTSA do not have matching records of customs clearance at ZRA due to wrongly captured details or not clearing with customs.
Mr. Nzala says the vehicles therefore are of interest to the authority and has invited all those who imported motor vehicles between 1st January 2015 and 31st October, 2021 to visit the ZRA website to check if their vehicle is of interest to the authority.
He said members of the public are given up to 31st august 2022 to ensure that customs clearance is done with the ZRA.
Mr. Nzala says the authority will not charge penalties and interest for voluntary compliance but states that after this period, it will engage in enforcement activities to recover unpaid taxes and this may result in interest and penalties being charged in addition to taxes or forfeiture of the vehicle to the state.
CREDIT: PHOENIX NEWS