Up to 60% of taxpayers dodge dues – BURS


The P46.4 billion government has tasked the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) to collect this year will come from a smaller proportion of taxpayers, as a recent study by the agency shows that up to 60% of those who should be contributing are not.

The BURS study, revealed at a recent media briefing recently, indicates that the tax losses could measure up to five percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), an economic indicator that for 2021 was estimated at just under P200 billion.

“We did a tax gap study in the past financial year and it shows that between 40% and 60% of those who would otherwise be paying tax across the spectrum are not paying,” BURS’ Commissioner of Operations, Phodiso Valashia told the media. “That translates to between four and five percent of the GDP in terms of the money that would otherwise be accruing to Botswana in tax.”

Editor's Comment
Bravo, Matlala JSS for recognising employees!

Last Friday, Matlala Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Tlokweng did just that – they organised an event to honour their teachers and support staff. This gesture is truly commendable, as teachers occupy a pivotal role in the lives of our children.To be completely candid, teachers are the ones who shape our children from a very tender age, investing a significant amount of time in their growth and development. It's not uncommon to hear parents...

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