THE UPND in Central Province says the PF government should honour its promise on lower taxes for the Zambians.
Commenting on finance minister Felix Mutati’s decision to introduce Tax Payers’ Identification Numbers [TPINs] on all bank account holders, Central Province UPND youth chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe observed that in the run-up to the 2011 general elections, the PF had promised to lower taxes for all Zambians but failed to deliver according to the promises made.
“Prior to the 2011 general elections, the Patriotic Front under the leadership of Michael Chilufya Sata, may his soul rest in peace, promised, among other things, to create jobs and lower taxes. But what we are seeing today is a complete opposite. We have people that are employed and are subjected to paying Pay As You Earn [PAYE]. For every product and service that one procures, they are subjected to paying Value Addition Tax [VAT] while those that are connected to the national electricity grid are subjected to paying ZNBC TV levy,” Mwanakampwe said.
“And now the PF under the leadership of Edgar Lungu, with his Felix Mutati as finance minister, has introduced Tax Payers’ Identification Numbers [TPINs] on all bank account holders. There’s too much taxation in Zambia. In the name of broadening the government’s revenue base, the PF government is subjecting Zambians to triple taxation.”
He reminded President Edgar Lungu’s government to honour its promise of lowering taxes.
“This PF government under the leadership of Edgar Lungu should have a heart for the people. By imposing the Tax Payers’ Identification Numbers on all bank account holders, the PF government is subjecting the Zambian citizenry to a lot of misery. There are so many hardships in Zambian homes today. The PF government should honour its campaign promise on lowering taxes. That is our appeal.”