ETS system rolled out in Tanzania in 2019 after regulations was passed to have all manufacturers in the country install an electronic tax stamp management system. The tender went to a Swiss-based firm called SICPA which was contracted by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to install and enroll all manufacturers, producers and importers onto the system.
Richard Kayombo, TRA director for taxpayer services and education, disclosed this at the weekend in Babati, Manyara Region at the event to issue awards to good taxpayers for the 2021/22 financial year.
Kayombo said the achievement was also contributed by the widening the tax collection base to enable the government implement its activities, adding that the collection is an increase of 4.13trn/- from the preceding year collection that stood at 18.15trn/-.
He said that in the 2021/2022 TRA was set to collect 23.6trn/- adding that the government depends on 60 percent of what revenue authority collects in any given year.
Kayombo further said Manyara Region taxpayers have had a big contribution despite of the Covid-10 pandemic.
He also said the criteria used to award 27 taxpayers includes the amount of tax paid, correct recordkeeping, paying tax in time when due and collaboration with TRA as and when needed.
Manyara Regional Commissioner Makongoro Nyerere said the government will continue to put in place for them enabling environment and it is essential to plug corruption loopholes perpetrated by a few for their own interests.
The RC said when people pay taxes they encourage the President to implement various development projects and the awards spurs the taxpayers to increase efforts in tax paying.
Manyara Region TRA Manager, Pendolake Msangi thanked taxpayers in his region saying in 2021/22 FY TRA collected 27.8bn/- or 89 per cent of the target which was 31.3bn/-.
Msangi added that TRA’s aims to award its taxpayers is to encourage business people to pay tax, adding that so far in the First Quarter of 2022/23 fiscal year, a total of 12.87bn/- has been collected in Manyara Region.
Managing Director of Mati Super Brands Limited, David Mulokozi, who was among the award recipients by scooping second position in Big Taxpayers category, thanked TRA for the awards saying they encourage them and pledged to work day and night.
Manyara Region TRA Taxpayers Education Officer Serapio Luanda said 27 traders received TRA awards including three big taxpayers, three middle level taxpayers and three small taxpayers.
He added that institutions that contributed in the tax collection drive in the region included two commercial banks and the regional commissioner’s office.