The National Revenue Authority (NRA) as we all know is a semi-autonomous government revenue authority established by an Act of Parliament established 2003 with the primary mandate to assess and collect tax on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL).
Our focus within the NRA at the moment largely centers reforms. The Sierra Leone tax administrative system has undergone considerable changes since its inception. Reforms have ranged from the formation of the Non-Tax Revenue department (NTR) in 2004, the introduction of Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) in 2009, the launching of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA++) and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2010, establishment of the Domestic Tax Department (DTD) in early 2011, the introduction of the Domestic Tax Information System (DTIS) in 2013, and the establishment of the Extractive Industries Revenue Unit (EIRU) in 2014. We are currently building on these structures and have successfully done so within the last with a significant increase in revenue generation compared to previous years in the Authority’s history. The revenue to GDP ratio has seen a quantum leap from 12% in 2017 to almost 14% in 2018. This ever-increasing mode in revenue mobilization stems from various reforms within the NRA and our approach to Revenue collection.