TRA: Read tax laws for fair collections

19Oct 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dodoma
The Guardian
TRA: Read tax laws for fair collections

OFFICERS enforcing revenue collection in the country have been urged to thoroughly read and understand tax laws which oversee taxation process for them to be fair to payers.

Deputy Commissioner General for TRA Msafiri Mbibo said that the officials should ensure that they understand the law and help tax payers see remitting taxes as their duty and not some sort of punishment.

In his meeting with TRA officials from Kondoa District and Dodoma Urban, Mbimbo underscored the need for the officers to  have a broader knowledge on the tax laws for the country’s sustainable tax collection.

“For our country to attain middle income status as envisaged, having a robust and sustainable tax system is inevitable. So the tax collection officers have to sit down, read and understand laws, a move which enables them also to educate the public on the importance of voluntary tax payment,” he said.

Mbibo said that TRA staff are bound to a code of conduct that observes three core values namely integrity, professionalism and accountability to ensure that it supervises and serves the taxpayers population for the country’s development.

“Educating the public on tax compliance should not be left to the TRA’s Taxpayer Services and Education department alone but rather every officer in the authority has such a role, let us work together as a team to increase collections,” he said.

Dodoma Regional TRA manager Kabula Mwemezi commended the deputy commissioner general for visiting them assuring him that she is going to supervise the implementation of all the directives.

“We are going to increase training to our officers so as to capacitate them with more skills and knowledge which emphases on friendly tax collection,” she said.

She said that his office will supervise to ensure that all staff read and understand well the tax laws.

In his six-day official tour, Mbibo visited a section of public leaders including the Dodoma Regional Commissioner (RC) Dr Binilith Mahenge, Kogwa District Commissioner (DC) Suleiman Serera, Kondoa DC Sezaria Makota and Mpwapwa District Administrative Secretary (RAS) Sarah Komba.

The deputy commissioner general’s objective of the tour in Dodoma Region aimed to hail the leaders for their cooperation and hard work towards facilitating smooth collection taxes and revenues in the country.