Mzimba — Youths in the country have been challenged to help Government find better ways of collecting revenue instead of just calling for an increase of funding for their undertakings.
Governance Officer at Actionaid, Chisomo Nanthalu made the observation over the weekend in Mzimba during district youth executive Committee meeting on tax justice campaign.
He said most of government sectors and even the youths are suffering from the underfunding, but time has come for youths to help government find alternatives and how best to collect revenue instead of just calling for an increase in funding.
Nanthalu said Malawi has potential to achieve most of its development initiatives if tax can be fairly collected from the multinational companies.
The governance officer said according to research conducted by the organization, it has been learnt that a lot of multinational companies plying their businesses in the country do not meet their fair share of taxes which is making government to lose millions of kwacha.
Nathalu said "We are not saying the multinational companies are not paying tax, but they are not paying a 'fair share' of the taxes which at the end of the day it is the government losing money which could have been collected within the country.
"If government can ensure that there is that fairness in terms of revenue collection between the multinational companies, we are sure that it would be able to finance the national budget and do its development works effectively."
He said the youths therefore have the potential to sensitize the public on the importance to pay taxes such that in the end Youth friendly services such as Sexual and Reproductive
Health can be improved because government is able to source enough revenue towards such services.
One of the youths in the training, Ben Kalua from Ekwendeni Youth Counselling organization thanked actionaid for enlightening the youths saying lot of young people do not know the importance of tax and with the training they will take up the courage to monitor and sensitize Malawians to honour taxes.
Actionaid launched tax justice campaign in 2013 focusing on multinational companies to ensure they honour their fair share of taxes to government.
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