Mozambican taxpayers account for around 13 pct of the population

18 June 2014

The number of citizens registered as taxpayers by the Mozambican Tax Authority (AT) totals 2.9 million and is expected to reach 3.25 million by the end of the year or around 13 percent of the country’s 23 million inhabitants, the president of the AT, Rosário Fernandes said in Maputo.

The president of the AT said that the arte of tax registration, with the support of machines to make Single Tax Identification Number (NUIT) cards installed in all of the country’s provinces, had already made it possible to register all state workers.

“The total number of state workers accounts for 2 percent of the potentially active population, which totals 13.25 million people, and the aim is for tax registration to cover all citizens, without exception, with a  focus on those that are potentially active,” he said.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Fernandes said that the AT had contributed 7.5 billion meticals to the state coffers in 2000. This amount rose to 27.7 billion meticals in 2006 and approximately 127 billion meticals at the end of 2013.

“From the beginning of the year until 11 June last over 64.6 billion meticals were collected and deposited in the Treasury Account, which amount is 36 percent more than for the same period of 2013 and around 44 percent more than the annual target set before the Budget Amendment,” he said.

Rosário Fernandes also said that between 2006 and 2010 the country’s Customs service had contributed an average of 36.5 percent of overall revenues, which had fallen to 32 percent between 2011 and 2013. (macauhub/MZ)

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