Come up with better ways to attract traders pay taxes willingly

09Jan 2019
The Guardian
Come up with better ways to attract traders pay taxes willingly

SIMIYU Regional Commissioner, Anthony Mtaka has challenged local government authorities including district and municipal councils to look for friendly ways to convince traders to voluntarily pay government taxes and renew business licences.

SIMIYU Regional Commissioner, Anthony Mtaka

He warned the municipal tax administration officials from closing traders’ shops in cases of license renewal delays.


“You should come up with a means to make them pay taxes on time. You shouldn’t be closing their shops because by doing so you are denying them business”, said the RC when speaking at a function to launch Halotel’s ‘Kifurshi Bomba’ campaign in Bariadi on Monday.


According to Mtaka, closing traders’ shops creates hatred between the business community and the government.


He said that traders can be advised on better ways to pay the taxes as well as money for licenses instead of harassing them.


Meanwhile, the ‘Kifurushi Bomba’ campaign manager, Jacob Steven called upon Tanzanians to use the Halotel mobile network for better and cheaper offers.


Speaking recently during a working session in Dar es Salaam that involved Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) officials and Regional Commissioners to discuss on improving tax collection and business environment, President John Magufuli urged tax collectors to adopt a more accommodative tone towards the business community.


Magufuli criticized some of his top tax administration officials for making it difficult for traders to pay tax. He ordered TRA to review tax rates and make them affordable, admitting to a cumbersome system to have Tanzanians become tax-compliant.


There have been concerns from the business community that many investments have recently closed over mounting debts and those in operation were struggling to make ends meet in a subdued trading environment.


Finance and Planning Minister,Philip Mpango revealed that some 200,000 businesses had closed shop over various reasons including not being able to meet tax requirements in 2017.