GATUNA – Cross border traders have been called on to fulfil their tax obligations on time in order for government to finance development activities, aimed at boosting the country’s economy.
The call was made on Wednesday during a workshop organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in partnership with Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), which brought together Gatuna cross-border cooperative society traders.
“Taxes are vital for construction of roads, hospitals and schools needed by each one of us, which is why you should pay your taxes on time,” Jeanne Uwigoroye, an official from RRA said.
Uwigoroye further called on traders to desist from smuggling because it is punishable by law, adding that all traders should endeavour to obtain RRA tax identification numbers (TIN) to enable them pay taxes promptly.
Another official Vincent Gatete, explained the role of the East African Customs Union in promoting cross border business.
“Traders engaged in importation of goods coming from East African Community member states enjoy the privileges of a common tax tariff,” he said.
He advised small scale traders whose goods cost less than $ 500 to always acquire a simplified certificate of origin, in order to benefit from the common tariff.
On his part, the representative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry James Tayebwa assured cross-border traders of the Ministry’s full support in promoting their businesses.
“The Ministry shall continue supporting you through training on trade policies, regional trading opportunities and formation of cooperatives or associations,” he said.