Chamber of Commerce pushes members into tax compliance

14Jan 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Chamber of Commerce pushes members into tax compliance

TheTanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) will later this year launch its code of conduct that will among other things prompt members to pay relevant taxes to the government.

Briefing journalists mid this week in Dar es Salaam, TCCIA Executive Director Daniel Mchemba said that it is mandatory for its members countrywide to comply to the country laws and ensure timely payment of taxes.

"It is a responsibility of business people to pay tax to the government," said Mchemba.

According to him, last year, the chamber ascribed to the United Nations Global Compact that insists on the importance of adhering to country’s laws and to also implement Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). He said apart from tax payments the UN pact also requires the business community to discuss various issues related to human rights, corruption and ethical behaviour.

TCCIA Dar es Salaam Regional Chamber chairman Francis Lukwaro took the opportunity to announce a breakfast meeting for its members that is to be held tomorrow in the city. He said the meeting will be attended by 300 participants and will be graced by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage.

He said members will discuss and give recommendations on various issues including some of the laws which they would like reviewed to help improve the business and economic environment in the country.

Lukwaro said they will also debate how the private sector can help to increase government revenues. He said participants will also discuss investment opportunities as mentioned by President John Magufuli during his meeting with the business community on December 3rd last year.

He commended the government for its good cooperation with the private sector noting that similar meetings will be conducted in their various branches countrywide.

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