Tanzania Budget 2016: The story behind the numbers

11Jun 2016
The Guardian
Tanzania Budget 2016: The story behind the numbers

This incorporates changes based on the 2016 Budget speech. Some changes may arise when the Finance Bill 2016 and subsequently the Finance Act 2016 are published. It constitutes only a brief guide and is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of the tax law and practice.

Tanzania's Finance Minister Phillip Mpango displays his budget briefcase before presenting the 2016\2017

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Various tax provisions

On Pay As Your Earn (PAYE), lowest income band (income not exceeding Sh170, 000) now subject to 9 percent tax, down from 11 percent as Members of Parliament to be taxed on the final gratuity that they receive at the end of their Parliamentary term.

On Corporate Tax, Payments - arising from rent and interest - retirement funds to be subject to withholding tax, capital gain tax to apply on the disposal of shares by non-resident shareholders controlling less than 25 percent of a Tanzanian resident entity; and Commissioner General now empowered to
determine minimum market value for purposes of withholding tax on rental income.

Value Added Tax - Soya beans and unprocessed agricultural products to be treated as exempt for VAT purposes. Vitamins and food supplements to be listed under the exempt schedule.

VAT exemption extended to water treatment chemicals approved by the Health Ministry; Bitumen products under HS Code 27.13, 27.14 and 27.15 to be exempt for VAT purposes. Insurance for aviation industry to become exempt; A VAT exemption moratorium on the tourism sector has been removed.

Tour guide services, game drives, safaris and ground transport services will now be subject to 18 percent VAT. VAT between Mainland and Zanzibar will be charged based on the destination principle. Financial services except interest on loans to be subject to 18 percent VAT.

Custom Duties - Increase in duty rates - based on custom values, as follows: Cement from 25 percent to 35 percent for one year. Structures and part of structures of iron and steel under HS Heading 7308 from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Pre-fabricated buildings under HS Code 9406.00.90 from 10 percent to 25 percent. Made up fishing nets of HS Code 5608.11.00 from 10 percent to 25 percent. Oil and petrol filters under HS Code 8421.23.00, and intake air filters under HS Code 8421.31.00 from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Paper products falling under HS Heading 4804 from 10 percent to 25 percent. Specific duty rate on worn clothes and shoes from 0.2 $/kg to 0.4 $/kg. Duty remissions granted on: Motor vehicle air filters at 0 percent to local manufacturers. Splints which are raw materials used in the manufacture of matches under HS Code 4421.90.00 at 0 percent. Raw materials for production of aluminum cans under HS Heading 7606 at 0 percent.

Duty remissions progressively reduced on: Sugar and sugar confectionery, from current rate of 10 percent to 15 percent (2016-17), to 20 percent (2017/18) and to 25 percent (2018/19).

Increase Common External Tariffs (CET) rate on: Flat rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel under HS Heading 7208 from 0 percent to 10 percent. Aluminum milk cans under HS Code 7612.90.90 from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Decrease the CET rate of: Iron and steel products under HS Code 7308.10.00 from 25 percent to 0 percent for 1 year. Automotive bolts and nuts under HS Code 7318.15.00 from 25 percent to 10 percent for 1 year. Wheat grain under HS Heading 1001 from 35 percent to 10 percent for 1 year.

Increase in CET rates of: Crude edible oil under HS Code 1511.10.00 from 0 percent to10 percent for 1 year. Amendment of the EAC Customs Management Act, 2004 to include exemptions/remission of duty on: Refrigeration equipment for human dead bodies under HS Code 8418.69.90.

Incinerator’s equipment and materials. CMA to include blood collection tubes.Inputs for the manufacture of deep cycle batteries. Inputs or raw materials for use in the manufacture of solar equipment. Amendment of the EAC Customs Management Act, 2004 to abolish remission of duty on uniforms for hospital staff.

Excise Duties - A general 5 percent inflationary adjustment on items that are subject to specific excise duties, except for bottled water and petroleum products.

Excise duty increased on non-alcoholic beverages (i.e. carbonated soft drinks, both imported and locally produced juices). Excise duty increased on alcoholic beverages (beers, wines and spirits). Cigarettes and other tobacco products will be subject to higher excise duty rates.

Natural gas, lubricating greases and oils to be subject to higher excise duty rates. A 10 percent excise duty to apply on all commissions received for the provision of mobile money transfers.

Miscellaneous - The Vocational Educational and Training Act Cap 82 has been amended to reduce skills and development levy from 5 percent to 4.5 percent.
Review of the Tanzania Investment Act 1997 to align it with the exemptions in the VAT Act 2014.

The Motor vehicle (Tax on Registration and Transfer)Act Cap 124 has been amended to: (1) increase registration fee from the Sh150,000 to Sh250,000 for motor vehicles and from Sh45,000 to Sh95,000 for motor cycles and tricycles (2) increase personalized registration number fee from Sh5,000,000 to Sh10,000,000 for every three years.

Various Acts have been amended to mandate the Tanzania Revenue Authority to collect property tax. The mandate has been moved from the Local Government Authorities. The Government has abolished various fees andlevies imposed by Tanzania Foods and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Cotton Board, Tea Board, CoffeeBoard and Cashew nut Board