The Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Ashatu Kijazi said this in the House in Dodoma yesterday when responding to question from Tunza Malapo, Special Seats MP who wanted to know how many staff were needed by TRA so as to attain maximum efficiency.
Dr Kijaji said since TRA is not experiencing very acute shortage of staff contrary to what it is explained from time to time, the total number of staff currently in employment is 4,751 out of 7,000 needed, thereby making a shortfall of only 28 per cent.
She said efforts to attain the 7,000 figure are being made in phases, and the aim is to increase efficiency in performance so as to get positive results for the good of the country’s development.
Elaborating, she said since the coming of the phase 5 government, great efforts had been done to solve the situation and already 692 staff had been employed, adding that in the FY 2019/20 a budget had been allocated to hire another 150 employees
charged with the responsibilities of managing the assessment, collection and accounting of all central government revenues. It is a semi-autonomous body that operates in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.
In carrying out its statutory functions, TRA is regulated by law, and is responsible for administering impartially various taxes of the central government.