Commissioner General of the NRA Mr. Alieu Sesay has stated that from January to June 2009 Le 325 billion was collected as revenue. He was speaking at a Press conference at the NRA offices at Wellington Street, Freetown past Friday
He also said that the Income Tax Department collected Le 101 billion, Customs and Excise Duties Department Le 202.8 Billion and Le 21.8 Billion from the Non Tax Revenue Department.
The NRA boss also stated that in the first half year of 2008 (January to June) Le 294.8 Billion was collected stating further that the amount collected this year exceeds last years’ by Le30. 2 Billion.
But he however stated that some reductions in tariffs in some commodities affected their revenue collection and stressing that “the NRA today, is different from the ones before as a result of committed and determined staff that are ready to move the institution forward”.
The Commissioner explained that they collect revenue on behalf of the government which will be put in the consolidated fund.
Revenue collected, he said is handled by the Ministry of Finance and not by his institution and that they don’t know how this revenue is utilized or spent.
Mr. Sesay also briefed Journalists about his recent visits to Europe and some of the goodies he brought home for Sierra Leone and his institution.
Assistant Commissioner of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) unit, Alfred Akibo- Betts said that June 4 this year Parliament passed the GST Act.
He explained that GST is here to replace seven outdated taxes currently administered by the NRA, adding that GST is not an additional tax.
Acting Commissioner for Customs and Excise Duties Abubakarr Finnoh said that NRA believes that there is the political will to curb corruption.
He explained as a measure to curb corruption, they are now undertaking a modernization program called ASYCUDA.
He noted that ASYCUDA is a computer program which helps Customs Officers process customs declarations more efficiently; it also allows them to use their skills more efficiently and enable the customs department to simplify the work involved in the import and export of goods for agents, importers and exporters.
Mr. Finnoh further explained that 83 officers are undergoing trainings for this program.