“It is our mandate to listen to taxpayers and identify anything that can hinder their business growth and tax compliance more especially in this period of Covid 19,” said Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) Commissioner General, Bizimana Ruganintwali Pascal during his visit to Shema Power Lake Kivu Ltd on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
As RRA conducts the Taxpayers Appreciation Month launched on 4th November, one of the key activities for this month is the visit to taxpayers at their premises to understand the nature of their business, discuss tax related issues if any, and take note of their recommendation to improve services delivered to them and tax procedures for a business friendly environment.
Ruganintwali asserted that this year, the Taxpayers Appreciation Month is celebrated under the theme “Support Business for economic resilience” and this support starts by listening, to identify areas of weakness and provide guidance.
Alex Karera Kabuto, the Chief Executive Officer of Shema Power Lake Kivu welcomed RRA’s support and the initiative of reaching out to taxpayers and listening, discussing and advising where necessary.
“The tax administration has for instance facilitated this project by exempting all our imported machinery and other raw materials. On our end, we strive to comply with tax laws and procedures and when a misunderstanding arises, they provide a team to help us to solve the issue,” said Karera.
The execution time for SPLK is estimated to be 36 months. For the last 12 months, the project has paid around Rwf 4 billion in taxes.
Karera states that when the project becomes operational, it will be generating an estimated Rwf 5 billion monthly income, with 56 megawatts produced regularly.
Taxpayers’ visits started in Kigali City with BAKHRESA GRAIN MILL (AZAM), VOVA PRODUCTS (Matelas Dodoma), and SPERANZA, then extended in Eastern province when the management visited IMANA Steel.
These visits are intended to strengthen relations between the revenue body and taxpayers and thereby improve on the level of tax compliance.
All activities comprised in the Taxpayers Appreciation Month will be concluded by celebrations at the National level on 20th November, 2020 at Kigali Convection Center.