LRA, Religious Bodies In Partnership
-Seek To Boost Awareness
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has begun seeking collaboration and partnership with Faith-based/religious organizations to enhance Real Property Tax Awareness Program.
Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division, Isaac Beyan Stevens, said the campaign was meant to provide clear messages that promote tax awareness, civic responsibility and positive attitude towards taxes, eventually influencing greater voluntary compliance among citizens and residents to ensure a successful and impacting outcome. The Partnership is under the theme: “A Good Taxpayer Is A God’s Kingdom Builder; A Good Taxpayer Is A Nations Builder.”
Speaking at a recent engagement with representative of various religious institutions at the LRA headquarters in Paynesville, Stevens disclosed that the “LRA Faith-Based Partnership”, among others, seeks to explain why taxes should be paid; show citizens how to pay taxes; promote civic responsibility; build a culture of voluntary tax compliance among the citizens of different denominations and faith based organizations; and empower citizens to engage in discussions on the use of tax revenues.
Under the partnership, the awareness will be undertaken in various Churches, Mosques and other places of worship in Montserrado County and will be extended into counties.
For his part, the Commissioner of Domestic Tax, Darlington Y. Talery, said once the program starts, designated LRA officers will be named as Champions at various churches and mosques with the aim of creating awareness and guidance on real property tax matters; the champions will be church/mosque members.
The focus of attention will be mainly on Real Property Taxes which is currently a minor source of government revenue but has the potential to contribute much more with heightened public, awareness campaigns, fair valuation and revenue sharing with communities.
Meanwhile, the LRA said, it intends to engage a cross section of people using traditional, biblical, social and modern technology to interface with religious leaders and inter faith organizations to enhance the campaign.