Traders lash at TRA for padlocking their shops over EFDs

30Jun 2022
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Traders lash at TRA for padlocking their shops over EFDs

TRADERS in Tabata Posta and Magengeni areas in Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam have aired their complaints to Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) by sending its officials to padlock up their business premises allegedly for not using electronic fiscal devices (EFDs).

Speaking on behalf of traders dealing in building materials in Tabata Posta area, Amos Rutibu said TRA officers have padlocked his shop without even listening to his problem despite having an EFD that is defective.

“I pleaded with them not to lock my shop as I had reported the device’s breakdown and planned to buy another as I had family problems that prevented me from making a follow up,” he lamented.

Rutibu said the TRA operation was not humane as many people knew it was about inspection of trading licences.

“Hence locking up one’s business does not help as what was needed is to educate traders on the importance of having EFDs before taking that step,” Rutibu added.

He said: “More than 20 shops from this area have been padlocked due to reasons that don’t add up at all. TRA is supposed to be at the forefront to protect business growth and expand taxpayers’ base instead of being an impediment.”

For his part, Deborah Julius, a trader from Tabata Posta area owning a shop selling utensils said the move by TRA cannot assist traders despite President samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts in strengthening business environment so as to increase government revenues.

“They came to padlock my business without warning on claims that I must have an EFD but when I asked them to give me one week to do so they refused saying they had received instructions from the top,” Deborah said.

Simon Materego, a food shop owner at Tabata Magengeni area said he was not given any chance to explain except padlocking his shop.

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