Rwanda: Traders to Get E-Tax Training

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Traders in the country will begin to receive training on the usage of electronic tax payment platforms in a move aimed at easing the process of tax collection.

Starting in May, the campaign by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and the Private Sector Federation (PSF) will be geared towards helping traders become familiar with automated tax payment which is a new phenomenon in the economy.

"Many merchants face skills barriers in the use of newly launched automated systems. PSF is therefore planning to provide training and workshops to improve their knowledge, as well as enable the efficient recovery of taxes," Alex Ntale, Director of ICT Chamber in PSF said.

"The training and workshops will target business owners in all spheres of the economy particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) projects."

RRA rolled out electronic platforms last year to facilitate taxpayers to declare returns as well as pay taxes through the internet to boost fiscal revenues and curb rampant tax fraud. However, their use has been singled out as a challenge to SMEs, which are more familiar with paperwork such as handwritten invoices.