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Tax stakeholders set to discuss payment snags

20th February 2013
Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA)

Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA) in collaboration with Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) are set to hold a meeting with stakeholders and businessmen to discuss solutions to tax payment disparities.

Paul Mzuka, TCCIA Vice Chairman for Temeke Municipality said the meeting is set for Thursday this week and is aimed at pinpointing the challenges facing small scale and large scale businessmen and stakeholders with regards to paying taxes and finding common solutions to their problems.
“We thought it wise for us leaders to hold a three-party meeting where the general concerns about the tax payment will be heard first hand and resolved…” said Mzuka.
Harrison Chaulo, TCCIA Vice chairman for Agriculture Temeke Municipality noted that there have been several complaints from businessmen and stakeholders centered on what they feel are ‘heavy tax impositions’ that lay a heavy financial burden on them.
“We want to put an end to the longstanding conflicts between tax payers and tax collectors. Tax payers have lamented the heavy taxes and unfair methods of tax collection. This forum is aimed at bringing the two parties to fair terms…” he clarified. 
In the event that the three parties fail to reach a mutually agreeable understanding, then their concerns will be addressed by higher authorities.
“We hope in this meeting to find solutions to the problems but if we fail to do so, then higher authorities will have to take over the task…” Chaulo asserted.