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ActionAid urges govt to review tax breaks

GOVERNMENT should review and abolish non-performing tax breaks and renegotiate outdated double taxation agreements, says ActionAid Zambia.

In a statement, ActionAid Zambia country director Nalucha Nganga-Ziba stated that the government should focus on domestic revenue mobilisation through the use of progressive taxation to ensure that the rights of women and girls were enhanced.

“As we join the nation in commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day [commemorated on March 8], it is important to remember that the majority of women and girls especially are living in poverty as a result of various challenges. As an organisation, we note with sadness that some women and girls still walk long distances to access medical care and education facilities. This ultimately affects their livelihoods as it is difficult for them to have access to quality medical care and education facilities. Talking about this year’s theme ‘Promoting inclusiveness in economic participation as a means of attaining sustainable development’ #Be Bold for Change#, government should focus on domestic revenue mobilisation through the use of progressive taxation as the only way of ensuring responsive and effective public services to ensure that the rights of women and girls are enhanced. To this effect, government should review and abolish non performing tax breaks, review and renegotiate outdated Double Taxation Agreements (DTA’s) and ensure that Withholding Tax Rates (WHT) in the tax agreements are as high as possible,” Nganga-Ziba stated.
She observed that ending poverty in Zambia was possible and could be achieved if Zambians in poverty took a leading role in bringing about improved living conditions.

“ActionAid Zambia believes that ending poverty in Zambia is possible and can be achieved, but this is only possible when people living in poverty, especially women and girls, take a leading role in bringing about changes that can potentially end poverty. This also requires
adequate financing towards improving the quality of public services accessed by women and girls. In addition, it is also important that government provides adequate formal spaces that enhance women’s participation in decision making at all levels,” stated Nganga-Ziba.

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