The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says since the start of its operation to seal businesses for non-issuance of Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) receipts, there has been an overwhelming response as more business owners are coming forward to pay their penalties.
MRA has been conducting the exercise in Blantyre since June 21, 2021.
Speaking to YFM, MRA Head of Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma, said a number of shops that were sealed and those on the least to be closed are positively complying.
Kapoloma said: “The response is very positive, we have witnessed that the shop owners who had not paid the penalty for non-insurance of EFD receipts have been fourth coming knocking on our doors and making the payments.”
He said the positive response has also been registered in other cities of Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu where MRA is also planning to launch the operation.
However, Kapoloma declined mention the shops involved or give the exact number saying they are still compiling data.
According to Kapoloma, although there has also been response from Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu, MRA will still move on with the operation in the areas.
“Definitely we will go to Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba so that after reviewing the list and found those who have not complied then we are going head-on to seal off their shops,” said Kapoloma.
Since the operation began on June 21, MRA has sealed close to ten businesses in Blantyre and Limbe townships.