Ngirente was speaking Friday while presiding over the ‘2017 Taxpayers Appreciation Day’ in Kigali.
The day was celebrated under the theme ‘My Tax, My Development, My Dignity’
Statistics show that in 2016/207 fiscal year, taxes contributed 56.4% whereas in 2017/2018 will contribute to 66% to financing the national budget . According to Ngirente, this is a proof of how taxes contribute to developmental activities like constructing infrastructure, classrooms, hospitals and electricity among others.
He challenged people who are reluctant to pay taxes, to change their mindsets towards understanding tax payment as a contribution in building the nation.
“I would like to remind people who evade taxes and those who delay to pay them to change their mindsets and understand that tax payment is everyone’s responsibility. It benefits both taxpayers and the country in general.
We should know that no country could develop without the contribution of its population” he said.
He said that in seven years, the government will achieve the target of being self-reliant through increasing tax revenues.
Ngirente said that the government target to increase investment by promoting Made in Rwanda and increasing exportation and their added value.
The Commissioner General of Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Richard Tusabe hailed the role of government in mobilizing more taxpayers.
He stated some challenges like tax evasion and called upon the government’s contribution in tackling the problem
According to RRA, in 2016/2017 fiscal year, they collected a total of Rwf1,086.5 billion whereas they target Rwf1,215 billion in 2017/2018