Mara — Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Mara Region has uncovered a gang of unscrupulous traders who ferry huge consignments of goods through illegal routes at the Sirari border in Tarime District using motorcycles to evade tax.
TRA officials here have teamed up with their counterparts from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to identify the traders who are claimed to use various tricks to evade taxation.
TRA Assistant Regional Manager, Narcissus Moshi, said at Sirari township that officials from both sides of the border are holding consultative talks to chart strategies of tax collection, taking into account the operational procedures pertaining to all East African Community member states.
"After formulating these strategies we'll come up with concrete measures on tax collection which will involve conducting joint border patrols and sharing of information," he said.
Moshi said following the introduction of a special flexible anti-smuggling unit stationed to man the porous border on a twenty-four-hour duration some traders are colluding with their Kenyan counterparts by helping them to ferry large consignments of goods.
He said following an awareness campaign that was conducted by TRA to the business community here recently traders were directed to be patriotic by paying taxes.
"As of now we have decided to team up with our Kenyan colleagues with the aim of fighting cross border smuggling of goods," he said.
Meanwhile, TRA is conducting investigating recent allegations that some unscrupulous officials were colluding with some tax evaders by providing them with information on various tax collection operations.
"It is a very serious offense for any TRA official to collude with tax evaders or participating in any act of leaking information about our operations. Anyone caught doing so will be punished," Moshi explained.