Enga partners with IRC


THE Enga government and the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) have formed a partnership to increase compliance and tax collection in the province.
Enga has 1,821 registered taxpayers.
The partnership is to ensure both parties reduce the compliance gaps.
Some may, however, have registered a tax identification number (TIN) and yet to carry out a taxable activity.
Governor Sir Peter Ipatas said Enga would depend on the IRC to generate revenue “so that we get our share of it to do projects”.
“Therefore, we are willing to help generate tax revenue in the province,” he said.
“There are genuine taxpayers out there who want to pay their fair share of taxes.
“But sometimes, they get demoralised because the money is not being used where it is supposed to be used, or spent on substandard work.
“I believe the small taxpayer base in Enga will be willing to pay their taxes.”
IRC commissioner-general Sam Koim welcomed the partnership, saying a new initiative will require provincial and district governments to pay the IRC the goods and services tax (GST) component of any contracts they have with the private sector. Provincial administrator Dr Samson Amean supported the new GST withholding arrangement, saying provincial governments get 60 per cent of the GST collected in the province.
“The size of the 60 per cent depends on the size of the collections,” he said.
“The IRC is forging such partnerships to increase the GST collections in line with its vision to make GST the top revenue earner for the country.”
The Enga provincial government will provide an office for
the IRC which has a branch in Wabag.