THE Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has asked the government to issue electronic receipts for all the payments it receives through the central government, local government authorities and public organisations .
A similar directive has been issued to Police to start issuing electronic receipts for traffic offences, by moving away from the current system where they give manual receipts after offenders have paid penalties.
PAC chairperson Zitto Kabwe said on Friday that Police appeared before the committee on Thursday. According to the PAC chairperson, all the government bodies should migrate to the use of electronic fiscal devices (EFDs) in collecting revenue.
"All central government revenues, local government authorities, and public organizations should be collected by issuing electronic receipts as it is with Value Added Tax(VAT) and duty under Tabzabia Revenue Authority, "he said.
He said it should be the legal tool for enhancement of tax collection. "We have directed that from now, the central government, local government authorities and public organizations to start issuing electronic receipts for government revenues.
There will be processes to build systems, procuring machines," he said He said the government would start with cities, municipalities and towns.
For far areas without electricity, solar power would be used. He said Public institutions have no excuse not to start issuing these receipts.
He also mentioned areas such as Ilala, Kinondoni, Mbeya, Arusha, Tanga and other towns across the country that should start.
Next week, the Parliamentary Committee will meet higher authorities to reach a more certain consensus on the matter.
The public had raised concern as to why driving licences are electronic but Police do not have electronic devices to 'swipe and view' all information of the driver including unpaid penalties.