Right to Information
What is Right to Information?
Every citizen has a right to know how state institutions are functioning. The Right to Information Act (Law Number 1/2014), which came into effect on 12 July 2014 guarantees every citizen’s right to access information as a fundamental human right.
Right to Information (RTI) empowers citizens to seek information from state institutions and inspect their documents. Right to Information increases transparency and accountability in the Government. “Transparency” is one of the five core values of MIRA and we are committed to being open to all taxpayers and transparent to all.
Our website is designed to provide most up to date information through a single platform. Further, our Annual Reports include, among other things, information on state revenue collected by MIRA, activities carried out and other administrative operations of MIRA.
Making a Request to MIRA
- To make a request to MIRA under the Right to Information Act, submit MIRA 907 (Request for Information under the Right to Information Act) form.
- If the requesting person is illiterate or is unable to submit it in writing due to a physical incapacity, such person may make the request orally to the Information Officer.
- If the person has no such disabilities, then every transaction with MIRA should be via writing or through MIRA 907 (Request for Information under the Right to Information Act) form.
- A request could also be submitted online via Information Commissioner’s Office's Mahoali portal.
Procedure Followed by MIRA upon Receiving Request
- Information Officer may decline your request for information if the request relates to information exempted by the Right to information Act or the information is otherwise accessible from MIRA or elsewhere (free of charge or on a payment) and in accordance with the policies and practices of MIRA or if you have requested for taxpayer specific information. The Tax Administration Act prohibits MIRA from disclosing taxpayer-specific information without the written consent of the taxpayer.
- Under normal circumstances, the requested information will be provided to the applicant within 21 days. However, if the request includes a lot of information and it consumes so much time to generate the information or involves extensive research, the 21 day period may be extended for a further 14 days. In such cases, the Information Officer will inform the applicant in writing about the extension, before the expiry of the initial 21 days.
- If the requested information cannot be disclosed according to MIRA policies, then the person should be informed in writing.
Under normal circumstances, MIRA will not charge any fee to process your request. However, a fee maybe charged if the cost of processing your request is unusually high. Where a fee is applicable, you will be advised of it before we process your request.
Right to Appeal
If a party is unsatisfied with the response/decision of the Information Officer, that party has the discretion to appeal the decision to the Review Committee within 30 days. The review committee is required to make a decision within 30 days.