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LRA equips rural offices

The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has deployed nine high-end four-wheel pickups to nine tax business and customs offices in rural Liberia as part of strategies to enhancing revenue generation.

A press release issued by the institution, says the nine pickups are assigned to strategic business areas, including Harper Tax Business Office in Maryland; Toe Town Customs Office in Grand Gedeh; Gbarnga Tax Business Office in Bong; Yealla Tax Business Office in Lofa; Jorwah Customs Office in Bong; Zwedru Tax Business Office in Grand Gedeh; Mendicorma Customs Office; Kakata Tax Business Office in Margibi, and Ganta Customs Office in Nimba.

Making the presentation to heads of the rural offices at the LRA Headquarters in Monrovia, Commissioner General, Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, described the procurement and deployment of the vehicles as a “smart investment” aimed at enhancing revenue generation in the country. “This is a smart investment,” the Commissioner General declared. “Collecting revenue is nothing easy; it’s not like going on the beach to collect sand. We have to invest in logistics. We have to empower the collectors and invest in them to make them effective.”

She emphasized that the deployment of the vehicles to the nine Collectorates is “a key step in the long ladder we need to climb” in empowering collectors to collect revenue. Commissioner Tamba furthered that in order for Government to improve lives of the people by undertaking development, revenue must be collected to support the country’s development agenda.

The vehicle coverage ratio for rural business offices initially heretofore was 22 percent, but this investment has brought it to 54 percen, according to the release. The deployment of the new vehicles is expected to improve the works of customs and tax business offices in the counties, which is expected to boost revenue generation to enable government meets its development targets, the LRA has said.-Press Release

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