Tax fraud is punishable offence, warns Burundian Revenue Authority

“The Burundian Revenue Authority-OBR discovered taxpayers who deliberately misrepresent their monthly rental income in order to lower rental taxes. They will be punished according to the law,” has said Stany Ngendakumana, spokesman for OBR in a meeting held this 6 February with the Bujumbura city administrative authorities.

Stany Ngendakumana, spokesman for OBR: “If taxes are lowered, the State coffers cannot be filled”

He has said OBR has set up institutions in charge of regularly monitoring the payment of rental taxes, in particular the office in charge of fighting against fraud tax. “We consider such taxpayers as tax evaders,” said the spokesperson for OBR.

Mr Ngendakumana calls on administrative authorities and population in general to denounce taxpayers who deliberately misrepresent rental income. “Burundi Revenue Authority will give a bonus to anyone who denounces these fraudsters,” said Ngendakumana.

He explains that tax evasion has consequences on the country’s economy. “If taxes are lowered, the State coffers cannot be filled,” said the spokesperson for OBR adding that the purpose of Burundi Revenue Authority is to make the country financially self-sufficient through collected taxes.