In a global report released by the World Bank in September, Rwanda is listed as the 25th most tax compliant country and number one in the East African region.
This year, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) surpassed its revenue collection targets for the second year in row—an indication that RRA’s drive to make Rwandans more tax compliant is paying dividends.
The country is very set in its efforts to shed off the aid yoke and become self reliant in the near future. From the look of things, the target is achievable.
If RRA comes up with more innovations that can ease paying taxes by strengthening the electronic means of filing tax returns and paying taxes, as well as take services closer to the people, those who slip through the tax net will reduce dramatically.
The annual event to recognise the most compliant taxpayers—institutions and individuals—is one way of maintaining the spark as it makes those who meet their tax obligations to the country feel appreciated. It is also encouraging for them to see their taxes put to good use.
This country is lucky that it is among the few that are very serious in ensuring that revenue is used for the common good and results are there for all to see. Therefore it’s only logical that we all be part of the process to build the nation by paying our taxes. The Rwandan spirit has proven that it can overcome difficult obstacles, so dealing with obstinate tax evaders will just be a walk in the park.