Rights Defenders Coalition, CSOs and TRA develop compliance tool kit

23Jun 2021
Alima Nkwong
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Rights Defenders Coalition, CSOs and TRA develop compliance tool kit

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) in partnership with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) have developed a compliance tool kit that will help CSOs to comply with all relevant laws, policies and regulation governing tax issues-

THRDC national coordinator Onesmo Olengurumwa.

-in Tanzania.

THRDC national coordinator Onesmo Olengurumwa announced it yesterday in Dar es Salaam in a meeting with media practitioners.

He said, the simplified guidelines which will help to inform and facilitate CSOs understanding about key tax areas and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) laws and regulation will be launched on July 2nd in a workshop to mark activities of the seventh Human Rights Defender’s Day.

He highlighted that the tax guideline comprises all vital taxes required to be paid by CSOs including PAY AS YOU EARN (PAYE), adding that the mandate is well elaborated on how CSOs can comply with returns like annual returns and available penalties.

“It has been a challenge understanding laws because the majority of CSOs are not lawyers, so it’s not easy for them to understand the legal requirements of tax payments” he intoned and cited that during  the sessions CSOs will therefore be facilitated by specialists from TRA.

Olengurumwa reminded that this has been one of the difficulties they have been facing because though people have been complying but not fully due to the inadequate knowledge they have as far as taxes obligations are concerned.

“Tax payers at times don’t have enough education and information on how to pay taxes so through the tax pay education unit under the TRA, we will be able to work together so as to improve CSOs capacity in tax compliances” he emphasized

He further elaborated that this will help foster economic development as a harmonious working environment between the government and CSOs will be achieved, bridging the gap of misunderstanding that had in the past existed between these two.

“This will therefore serve as a margin for a very successful collaboration in development related issues like the SGGs and the five years development plan” he said

Olengurumwa also stressed that the CSOs guideline on how to comply with the NGOs laws and regulation comprises all requirements for registrations, operations with NGOs, annual returns and penalties with the aim of ensuring that civil society members working with NGOs comply with all the requirements established by the NGOs Act.