TRA cautions against use of religious bodies to avoid tax

04Mar 2016
Grace Kambaulaya
The Guardian
TRA cautions against use of religious bodies to avoid tax

THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has called on the public to stop using religious organizations to avoid paying taxes.

Yeremia Mbaghi

TRA’s acting education manager Yeremia Mbaghi made the call this week in Dar es Salaam when speaking to clerics at a seminar organized by the authority. The seminar served as a platform to familiarize the religious leaders on tax issues.

“As long as you are doing business through schools investments, hospitals and other services, you will be required to pay tax” he stressed.

However, he explained that hospitals built with the intent to offer free medical services and/or the provision of such services to the elderly and orphans shall receive tax exemption.

He noted for all religious institutions which have been accused of avoiding tax will be taken to court for disciplinary action.

Commenting, Auxiliary Bishop Exebius Nzigilwa said the meeting was a good reminder and will help them better follow the law of the country.