- RSL introduces e-payment and e-taxation for customers to pay their taxes online.
- It intends to ease tax payments and broaden the use of technology in the country.
The Revenue Service Lesotho (RSL) has introduced e-payment and e-taxation which gives customers a platform to file their tax returns electronically and pay their taxes online. These online services are intended to facilitate tax payments across the nation and expand the use of technology.
Dr. Retelisitsoe Matlanyane, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, praised RSL for this initiative and advised the nation to incorporate the fourth industrial revolution for economic progress. According to Dr. Matlanyane, SACU revenue has been dropping for some time, which means there are fewer resources available to finance the national budget. As a result, the nation must make preparations to rely only on its resources to fund the budget.
The RSL’s acting commissioner general, Mrs. Mathabo Mokoko, stated that the RSL is working with partners in the financial and economic sectors to improve and offer their customers simple ways to pay their taxes and use electronic forms. Data is what drives their decisions, according to Mrs. Mokoko, who said that they are striving hard to become a data-driven organization and make their data accessible through internet platforms.
She asserted that in order to use data efficiently, the appropriate technologies, such as the one just introduced, are required. She also asserted that many people are undoubtedly relieved that the returns they have received today won’t be demanded back for their services.
Among other partners, Mrs. Mpho Mosotho from Vodacom stated that Basotho could individually pay taxes for their enterprises online through MPESA and the Department of Financial Services. In order to let their consumers pay their tax responsibilities online, Mrs. Mosotho stated they were happy to have collaborated with RSL.
According to the Product’s user, Mr. Ntsatsi Ranthocha, E-services are advantageous and clients can save money on transportation and labor costs as a result. Before modernization, Mr. Ranthocha claimed, filing a declaration would take more than three hours; however, thanks to an innovation implemented by RSL, filing a declaration and receiving permission now takes less than 15 minutes.