MP calls for strategies to support ETS performance

19Sep 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
MP calls for strategies to support ETS performance

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament for Moshi Urban Anthony Komu has proposed for the preparation of a strategy to prevent forgery of the Electronic Tax Stamps (ETS) to improve efficiency in revenue collection.

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament for Moshi Urban Anthony Komu.

Speaking recently Komu (Chadema) said ETS would be meaningless if no strategies are put to ensure forgery of the same.

According to him, some manufactures have already managed to forge the device saying most of them are foreign manufactures that come from highly technologically developed countries.

“There must be efforts to educate people so that they can be able to tell the genuine stamp from the fake one, if the relevant bodies do not work together we can be sure that the goal will never be met. said Komu.

ETS is meant to replace the hitherto paper-based tax stamps initially attached to cigarettes, wines and spirits. The old system was prone to cheating of taxes through under declaration, among other malpractices.

The government of Tanzania through Tanzania Revenue Authority started the first phase of ETS system on wines, spirits and cigarettes in January, this year. The system was fully rolled out for all alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and bottled water on June 15, this year.

A Swiss firm, Société Industrielle et Commerciale de Produits Alimentaires (SICPA) won the tender and subsequently signed a contract with TRA for supply, installation and provision of supporting software and hardware for ETS management system.

The ETS management system automatically stamps the products at the end of the production line and submits the count in real time through a system to TRA.