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TRA to give its version on TFF accounts

25th November 2012
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The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has challenged Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) to say the truth instead of beating around the bush on their accounts which it says have been frozen by the tax collectors.

The Acting Director of Taxpayers Education, Allan Kiula, said yesterday through a phone call that TRA will give a statement over the TFF claims tomorrow, asking the soccer body to “adopt the tendency of working professionally.”

“TFF should know that TRA is a reputable and respected organization led by professionals who can not hold anybody’s bank account without consulting him or her. If accounts are held, it therefore means that there was communication between two the parties,” he said, adding that the TFF statement was aimed at portraying to the public that TRA is a bad institution, something which is not true.

“There are a number of things which we will put open to the public on Monday,” he maintained, adding that since TFF had failed to solve the issue professionally, TRA will also be forced to put things open.

“Our branch manager is compiling information and we will give you by 10 am on Monday,” he stated.

On Friday, TFF announced that TRA had frozen its accounts for non payment of Pay As You Earn (Payee) of national team coaches.

TFF technical manager Sunday Kayuni said that TRA had frozen their accounts and deducted 157,407,968/- from one of the body’s accounts last Wednesday.

Kayuni said the amount which TRA deducted was part of 300m/- which Vodacom Tanzania deposited as part of its Mainland Premier League sponsorship.

He said that the deduction will affect the second part on the Premier League because the amount was meant to facilitate the participation of the 14 teams competing in the league.

Kayuni said that TRA victimized them without proper reason as the national coaches were being paid directly by the government through the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports as promised by President Jakaya Kikwete.

He maintained that TFF will form a committee to see that the problem is solved and if the problem will persist then the league will not resume as TFF will not have money to run it.

Foreign coaches who have been training the national teams are Marcio Maximo, Itamar Amorin, Marcus Tinoco, Rodrigo Stockler, Jan Paulsen, Kim Paulsen and Jacob Michelsen.

SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY