Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Adolf Ndunguru said this in Dar es Salaam over the weekend at the 14th graduation of the Institute of Taxation (ITA).
During the event 387 graduates were conferred certificates of various levels and disciplines for the academic year 2020/21.
He said in order to address the barriers to tax collection and increase the budget for social services, the graduates should use the knowledge they received to be creative, provide education and build good relationships with taxpayers.
“The country still needs more tax and customs experts to work in various areas. So graduates should ensure that they go and apply what they have learned to bring a positive impact in the field. Customs training, taxes have boosted local revenue and reduced dependence on donors to fund services,” he said.
Regarding the increase in revenue in the country, Ndunguru said the college has helped produce graduates who are doing well in providing tax education, to boost the economy and achieve human development.
“Tax collection and revenue collection is an issue that involves many stakeholders, so there should be adequate education. The government is losing revenue due to fewer professionals in the country and in other sectors,” said Ndunguru.
He urged graduates to be used effectively to educate taxpayers and reduce grievances from businesses, as well as the college to strengthen itself in conducting research, especially on tax collection in emerging institutions, especially mining with a better revenue collection system.
The head of the university council, Dr Samwel Werema said it was asking the government to allocate a budget for the renovation and construction of new buildings to cope with the needs of the East African region and others in Africa.
“The objective of the college is to increase the expertise of tax professionals, customs consultants. Graduates should adhere to professional ethics, be responsible and fulfill your responsibilities for the productivity of the nation,” Dr Werema said.
Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Commissioner General, Alphayo Kidata said the authority will continue to build the capacity of the college to make it a centre of excellence in the region, saying 27 well-performing students should have the opportunity to get an internship in the authority.