A trainer, Emmanuel Lotio, takes journalists through taxation procedures. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 15 June 2012 [Gurtong] - He campaign targeting stakeholders including the media, civil society, tax payers and the business community and government officials aims at effective tax collection in the country.
Among the measures are mobilising the masses on the different taxes the government levies on imports and on wages and income among others which many South Sudanese are believed to be ignorant of.
The Directorate has set aside Fridays in June to conduct the exercise including sensitizing media houses on the new government taxation policies.
A trainer at one of the sessions, Emmanuel Lotio told Gurtong that the training targets journalists owing to the great role they play in dissemination of information to the public.
“South Sudan is a new country and many of these taxes were not there before we became independent and as such many citizens do not know about them. Some of these include personal income tax, business profit tax, excise tax and the advance payment of income tax on imported goods”, he said.
The new move is aimed at boosting collections on non-oil revenues so as to supplement the closure of the country’s oil production early this year.
Last month the South Sudanese Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Kosti Manibe said non- revenue collections have tripled in recent months following adoption of decentralization.