by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The finance ministry on Tuesday announced that a staff member based at its Inland Revenue office in Windhoek tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

As a precautionary measure, the entire building where the offices are housed will be closed from today until tomorrow for disinfection.

Normal businesses at the building will resume on 13 August 2020.

“During this temporary closure of the building, the tax services such as income tax assessments, tax directives, payments  reconciliation, customer care and cash offices will unfortunately be closed,” the finance ministry’s spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said.

He said services offered at the head office, fiscus building, TransNamib building and others are unaffected, hence VAT assessments, debt management, large taxpayers and new business services will continue operating as normal.

“The ministry remains committed to protecting the wellbeing of its staff members and tax payers are urged not to panic as all necessary measures have been put in place to adhere to health protocols established with regards to Covid-19,” he said.

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