The Revenue Service Lesotho launched e-payment and e-taxation which gives the clientele a platform to pay taxes online and e-file their tax returns.
These e-services are aimed at broadening the use of technology and easing tax payments across the country.
The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Dr Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane commended RSL for this initiative, saying it is wise for the country to also fit in the fourth industrial revolution for economic growth.
Dr Matlanyane said SACU revenue has been declining for some time, saying this means fewer resources for financing the national budget hence the country needs to make plans to depend on itself for financing the budget.
The RSL Acting Commissioner General, Mrs. ‘Mathabo Mokoko said in collaboration with the stakeholders in the finance and economic industries they are striving to improve and provide easy methods of tax payments and e-filling for their clients.
Mrs. Mokoko said they are working hard to be a data-driven organisation so that data is accessible via online platforms, saying data is what drives the decision they make.
She said to effectively use data, they need the right technologies such as the one launched, saying she is certain that many are happy that the returns they have filled today will not be demanded back to their services.
Among other partners, Mrs. Mpho Mosotho from Vodacom said through MPESA and the Department of Financial Services Basotho can individually pay tax online for their businesses.
Mrs. Mosotho said they are glad that they have partnered with RSL to allow their customers to pay their tax obligations online.
The product user, Mr. Ntsatsi Ranthocha said e-services are beneficial, adding that transportation and manual expenses are cut for clients and benefit them.
Mr. Ranthocha said before modernisation when lodging the declaration, they would spend more than three hours but now the innovation that RSL has brought on board allows them to spend less than 15 minutes for declaration and approval.
By Staff Reporter: Noliwe Velaphe
Pictures by: Mopeli Mopeli