The Pro- Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation in the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has engaged contractors of the project on their obligation to do their payments of tax to the government. The meeting was held on Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 at the NaCSA Conference Room Charlotte Street in Freetown and provided a platform for both the Commission and its contractors to deliberate on important issues of national development.
Briefing contractors, the Commissioner of NaCSA, Alie Badara Mansaray reiterated that, the commission has a contractual agreement for quality service delivery with its contractors. This remains the same for contractors working on the implementation of the Pro- Poor Growth Project (GPC), he affirmed.
Taxes, he went on is being paid into the government consolidated fund to provide essential services for its citizens in the areas of roads, electricity, health, and education to name but a few. The government’s idea is to improve on the Inland Revenue tax regulation in the country and every one must contribute towards it, he encouraged the contractors. It is therefore mandatory for every Sierra Leonean to pay his/her tax, the Commissioner went on.
The Commission therefore announced that henceforth a percentage of 5.5% will be deducted from every contractor. This, he said is a social contract payable to the National Revenue Authority and that everyone must adhere to it.
Adding his voice on the technicalities, the Director of Finance, NaCSA, Richard Turay, revealed that the withholding tax is calculated at 5.5% directly payable to the NRA.
The Director of Finance further analyzed the tax imposed by NRA and noted that its insignificant compared to the funds disbursed to them (the contractors) for project implementation based on contract sum. He noted therefore that, this will cause little or no harm on their operational outputs. He encouraged the contractors to make their contributions towards national development.
The issue was debated upon by the contractors, pointing out their positions and feelings, but by the end of the day it was unanimously agreed that they will adhere and pay their 5.5% tax.
The contractors however called for accountability and transparency in the process. A contractor representing Northern Engineers Company reiterated that NaCSA should give them receipts to show that the 5.5% has been deducted from them as tax payment.
The Pro- Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation (GPC) project is a German funded project implemented by NaCSA currently in the three districts of Kono, Kailahun, and Koinadugu. It is one of the outstanding projects under the supervision of the Commission with the goal to identify, assess and facilitate the translation of innovative and feasible ideas from conception to implementation and making business ideas become marketable.
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