The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) takes its tax awareness campaign to students of the Firestone Senior High School in Harbel, Margibi County.According to the LRA, the initiative held in collaboration with the Firestone School System, is intended to educate students about the importance of tax payment and its benefits. About 2,000 students participated in the engagement.
Speaking during the tax awareness, LRA Senior Officer for Information, Education & Inquiry Gabi Azzam encouraged the students to take keen interest in learning about the procedures and processes of tax payment as they grow up to become future taxpayers.
He informed them that tax payment is a civic obligation of all citizens including residents who are income earners, property or business owners.“Once you have properties like land, house or farm, own a business or you are working and earning an income more than 70-thousand Liberian Dollars yearly, you must pay your taxes to government,” Mr. Azzam asserts.
He explains that taxes collected by government are used to build new roads, enhance service delivery, support the health and educational sectors, provide national security and pay government workers, among other services. He lectured the students on the steps involved in obtaining a tax identification number (a unique taxpayer’s ID) as well as tax kinds and their payment dates.
Mr. Azzam thanks the Firestone School System for inviting the LRA to educate its students about tax payment and assures commitment of the Authority to continuing similar engagement with the students, once called.
In remarks, the principal of the Firestone Senior High School D. Mulbah Gayflor, thanks the LRA for the tax awareness event and praises the Authority for extending its activities to the school. He indicates that tax education for students helps to increase their understanding about taxation and its related benefits.
“Tax education is very important especially for the young people, because if we have a taxpaying citizenry, we have the potential of becoming a develop country. If our students here will all grow up to become taxpayers, I think we have the potential of becoming a better nation,” Principal Mulbah underscores.
The President of the Firestone Senior High School Student Council Government, Student Kollie Flomo, lauds the LRA for extending tax education to the school.“We are grateful for this opportunity provided us by the LRA, and we can assure you that we will pay our taxes when we become independent in the future,” he notes. Student Flomo stresses the involvement of everyone in tax payment as keen to Liberia’s development.
“Tax payment is important because when we all pay our taxes, the government will use it to development our country.”. At the same time, the Liberia Revenue Authority has presented assorted tax educational brochures containing information about tax categories and payment processes to the Firestone Senior High School.
Receiving the materials, the Coordinator of Extra Curriculum of the Firestone School System Marbue Richards thanks the LRA for the materials, which he says will be placed in the school’s library to enable the students read further about taxation to boost their understating about tax payment.
In November 2017, the LRA with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), along with the Ministry of Education (MoE) launched the School Tax Education Program (STEP) for students in Liberia. Press Release