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Namibia: Automation of tax administration requires taxpayer registration, e-filing

Namibia: Automation of tax administration

The Ministry of Finance introduced an incentive programme in order to incentivize and encourage taxpayers to register with the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) and to continually use the online service.


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The incentive is in the form of a waiver of penalties on the taxpayers’ accounts pertaining to the period from inception of ITAS (January 2019) and ending 30 June 2020. In order for the penalties to be waived, a taxpayer is required to meet the following conditions:

  • Register on the ITAS portal as an e-filer
  • Update all tax accounts through online submission in respect of tax returns that might be outstanding

The incentive is also extended to taxpayers that have already registered as e-filers since the launch of ITAS, and penalties for those without outstanding returns will be waived automatically. Those with outstanding returns must first electronically file them in order to qualify for penalty waiver.

The aim of the incentive programme is to reduce the manual interaction with Inland Revenue as well as for at least 90% of the taxpayer population to use the online platform by June 2020. It is therefore likely that in the future taxpayers will be required to file all tax returns electronically, without an option of manual filing.

Read a November 2019 report [PDF 362 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Namibia

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