The USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project supports partner municipalities to increase own source revenues through tax and finance information systems.
The USAID/PLGP-designed Tax Administration Information System (TAIS) is a computerized system built to increase productivity substantially in local tax administration process, with savings in time as well as money, while at the same time providing taxpayers with better service. Through TAIS, all local tax information systems and data bases are integrated and provide the tools required to combat tax non-compliance, facilitate tax compliance, and satisfy information requirements at the operational, managerial and internal control levels for the effective management of a modern Tax Administration.
TAIS designed functionalities implement the whole cycle of local government tax administration from the administration of taxpayer register data, calculation of taxes, invoicing and payments, debtors’ identifications, and reporting of revenues.
On September 13-14, 2018, the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) conducted a training to strengthen their use and understanding of their Tax Administration Information Systems (TAISs).
Some 20 municipal officials, including tax directors and other tax staff from 9 partner municipalities of Elbasan, Kamza, Lushnja, Berat, Kuçova, Fier, Patos, Vlora, and Saranda attended the training on the latest updates of TAIS usage and how the tax directors can prepare data reports and analyze the information.
“Familiarizing with the various reporting instruments provided by the TAIS system facilitates the work on tax administration and local tariffs, considering that the taxes we collect will be returned to citizens in investments,” – said Aida Saraçi, Director of Local Tariffs and Taxes, Municipality of Elbasan.
PLGP believes that the improvement of local tax administration can be achieved through the computerization of local tax administrations and continuous improvements in the exchange of information with the national tax administration and other central agencies.