JCTR urges govt to increase allocation on infrastructure development in 2015 budget
Kitwe, August 28th, 2014, ZANIS —- The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has urged government increase budgetary allocation towards infrastructure development in the 2015 national budget to sustain the ongoing massive infrastructure development programmes.
JCTR social and economic development programmes Officer Musonda Kabinga the ongoing projects can only be completed if government pumps in significant allocations towards their completions.
Mr. Kabinga cited the ongoing infrastructure development projects such as the road works, schools and health facilities countrywide among other as projects that need significant financial allocations in the next budget.
ZANIS reports that Mr Kabinga was speaking in an interview in Kitwe at Edinburgh Hotel yesterday where JCTR held a workshop for the informal sector on the tax policy and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA)’s latest tax payments.
And Mr. Kabinga called on ZRA to sensitise Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on the tax payment systems that are at their disposal.
He said currently, most SMEs, especially those located in rural areas are ignorant about the tax payment systems and that this has resulted in ZRA not collecting much revenue from the informal sector.
Mr. Kabinga said JCTR has been holding workshops in selected towns in the country to sensitise SMEs on the importance of paying tax to ZRA to increase tax compliance.
He said the informal sector is currently contributing less to the treasury in form of tax due to lack of information on tax payments.
Mr. Kabinga said JCTR wants to ensure that government collects revenue from the informal sector through taxes for them to implement numerous projects.