Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

2 December 2012

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro TRA Tasked to Collect 104.7bn/ - in Revenue

Moshi — TANZANIA Revenue Authority (TRA) has assigned its regional office in Kilimanjaro region to collect 104.7bn/- this financial year (2012 / 2013), of which 48.3bn/- will be raised by the Domestic Revenue Department (DRD).

At the same time the Customs and Excise Duty Department is expected to collect 53.3bn/- at the end of the fiscal year, it was learnt here. In a letter addressed to the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner of which a copy was made available to the 'Sunday News' here.

TRA Regional Manager, Mrs Patience Minga said by July, August and September this year, TRA's DRD had collected 8.7 bn/- which was 79.13 % of 11 bn/- target while Customs Department earned 10.2 bn/- which was 71.9 % of the projected budget of shs 14.2 bn/-.

"Total revenue for both DRD and Customs for the period under review was shs 19 bn/- which was 75 % of the earlier estimated revenue of shs 25.3 bn/-," according to Mrs Minga. She said Value Added Tax (VAT) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) contributed 60 % of the domestic revenue, adding that other major taxpayers included private companies and the retail business community.

Unveiling strategies for 2012 / 2013 fiscal year, Mrs Minga said TRA will ensure that all collectable arrears were achieved by 95 % this month and that Block Management System was introduced to ensure that all eligible taxpayers were registered and evaluated in accordance with volumes of their businesses and in cooperation with the local government and Executive Secretaries to have in place a list of all taxpayers.

TRA will ensure that taxpayers were educated on tax regulations and their duty as taxpayers with emphasis on their rights as stipulated in the 'Taxpayers Charter, 'adding that TRA will strive at establishing good relationship with taxpayers so that they could voluntarily exercise maximum tax compliance.

Mrs Minga said in an effort to minimize and ultimately eradicate smuggling across the common border, patrols will be strengthened along all illegal routes notorious for smuggling of goods to and from the neighbouring country of Kenya. The exercise will be carried out in collaboration with state organs, including the police force.

TRA will also make sure that all goods, imported or exported, were thoroughly inspected by 100 % to ascertain that all statutory levies were collected by the Customs Department at Holili border post as well as other inlets and outlets.

Mrs Minga revealed that TRA officials will conduct surprise checks to net unscrupulous traders who do not issue receipts after every transaction, adding that TRA will use Data Base as basis of valuation and deal with all complaints and objections raised by taxpayers in accordance with the law.

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