Lissu to overhaul tax laws, to ease payment

17Sep 2020
Correspondent
Mbeya
The Guardian
Lissu to overhaul tax laws, to ease payment

​​​​​​​CHADEMA presidential candidate Tundu Lissu yesterday promised that under his government, traders will pay taxes that they can afford and not the current situation whereby people pay what the Tanzania Revenue Authority wants them to pay.

​​​​​​​CHADEMA presidential candidate Tundu Lissu.

Lissu spoke at Mbalizi town at the launch of campaigns for the party’s Mbeya Rural constituency candidate Joseph Mwasote, where he said his government would deliver a new constitution under which all political powers will rest upon you the people and not the leaders.

He promised to review Tanzania’s tax laws with a view to making them friendly to payers. He said the current tax regime is too rigid and discourages instead of encouraging people to start businesses.

“Within 100 days in office I’ll ensure that a bill is tabled in Parliament and tax laws are changed for the benefit of tax payers,” he declared.

The best practices in tax collection is collecting modest amounts from as many payers as possible, “not squeezing just a small group to pay more while the majority do not pay,” he stated.

He emphasized that if he wins next month’s general election, his government will not restrict farmers in the sale of their produce locally and across borders.

He said it is unfair that the government provides little or no extension services and then pops up during the harvest with restriction on sales in the name of food security.

Under his government farmers will receive adequate extension services which is their right, but the state will not interfere with the sale of produce which the farmers will do freely as they wish, the candidate declared.

Lissu said his government will put in place a proper mechanism to facilitate exports of not only cash crops but also cereals that are needed by other countries.

“The government will facilitate the export of our surplus produce so that our farmers can earn enough money to improve their standards of living,” he told the rally.

To this end, he aired the need to create special economic zones in border regions like the Southern Highlands to promote and facilitate export of cereals and other produce to neighbouring countries.

He emphasized that instead of banning export of grain, the government should itself compete with other willing buyers and purchase from farmers for its own food reserve at prices determined by the market.

This, he said, will benefit farmers than the ‘don’t sell’ approach which achieves the government’s goal of food security but denies farmers much needed money for personal advancement.

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