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Rwanda’s tax body fails to achieve collection target due to COVID-19

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Rwanda’s tax body fails to achieve collection target due to COVID-19

A mobile phone credit seller counts his Rwandan franc currency notes on a street in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Coffee-producing Rwanda’s economy has doubled in size in the nine years through 2010, according to the World Bank. Photographer: Will Boase/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) failed to realise its tax target for the 2019/2020 fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.

The Commissioner General, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Bizimana Ruganintwali said this while launching taxpayer’s appreciation month, which was aimed at promoting tax awareness.

Tax and non-tax revenue collected in 2019/2020 was 1,516.3 billion Rwandan francs (1.55 billion U.S. dollars), equivalent to 95.4 per cent of the targeted 1,589 billion Rwandan francs (1.63 billion U.S. dollars), Ruganintwali said.

Tax collection by the local government fell short and achieved 90.8 per cent of the target, said Ruganintwali.

The government imposed various restrictive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including closure of borders and a nationwide lockdown, before and after the central African nation reported the first case in March.

The Rwandan Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 12 new cases, bringing the national tally to 5,174 with 4,930 recoveries and 35 deaths.

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