9 February 2013

Tanzania: Low Tax Collection Questioned in the House

Dodoma — THE government has challenged MPs to extend maximum cooperation in uncovering business entities that evade taxes. The challenge came in the wake of a number of MPs showing worries over the government in particular Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is failing to effectively collect taxes leading to losses in revenues.

Explaining the government strategies in collecting taxes in the Parliament, the Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic affairs, Ms Janeth Mbene, said various steps have been taken to ensure revenues from taxes increase marginally.

She said the application of Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs) and customer care education have contributed significantly in increasing government revenues through taxes.

Other measures include the strengthening the Block Management System as well as Enterprise Wide Risk Management System and the establishment of the National ID system which will help ensure every liable citizen pays taxes.

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