23 February 2014

Tanzania: Use of Electronic Devices a Must, Traders Warned

GOVERNMENT has maintained that the contested Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) must be used by the business community since the machines have been formally introduced in the country.

Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Ms Saada Mkuya made the statement in Dar es Salaam while addressing graduates at the sixth graduation ceremony of the Institute of Tax Administration (ITA).

"There is no way government is going to stop the use of the devices since they have been officially introduced. We will fight legally and ensure they are used as required," she noted.

Ms Saada asked the traders to stop looking for excuses and instead comply with the law for the benefit of their businesses and the nation at large.

She said that was the only way to solve the challenges the traders encounter on the use of the EFDs and not the abandoning of the machines.

"It is possible that the (traders) protesting the use of EFDs now have sufficient knowledge on the importance of the machines. We need to continue creating public awareness," she said.

The Minister asked the business community and the public in general to be patriotic by paying taxes for the development of the nation.

In a separate development, she asked ITA to be creative towards the development. She was responding to a request by the institute that had asked government to providing the institute with 70b/- in the next financial budget for expansion of the institute.

The Minister asked Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to support the institute. Earlier on the Board Chairman of the TRA, Bernard Mchomvu told the Minister that TRA has plans to upgrade the institute to meet international standards. About 660 students graduated.

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