Lesotho inaugurates online tax collection platform

By : Samira Njoya

Date : vendredi, 17 mars 2023 13:07

Last updated : vendredi, 17 mars 2023 13:09

Like many African countries, Lesotho is undergoing digital transformation. The country has digitized some strategic government services and now targets new ones. 

Revenue Services Lesotho (RSL) launched, on March 14, an online collection system that allows taxpayers to file tax returns and pay dues online.  According to a release issued by the government, the electronic service aims to expand the use of technology and facilitate tax payments. 

For some time now, the Southern African Customs Union's (SACU) revenue has been declining, according to Finance Minister Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane (photo).  As a result, the country is receiving fewer and fewer resources to finance the national budget.  

So, to complement those revenues, Lesotho is implementing a set of measures (including the launch of the new system) to facilitate the collection of taxes and duties citizens and businesses owe the state.  

According to Ms. Mathabo Mokoko, the acting commissioner general of the RSL, the new system will greatly facilitate tax filing and payment while reducing transportation costs and the fees needed for manual procedures. 

Samira Njoya


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