TRA unveils tax returns e-filing

07Aug 2020
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
TRA unveils tax returns e-filing

THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has unveiled an electronic tax return system aimed at diminishing the need for clients to visit its offices to submit tax returns.

Dr Edwin Mhede, the TRA Commissioner General, said here yesterday that the advantage of an e-filing system is that one does not need to schedule ordinary working days or working hours, but can file tax returns even on weekends or beyond working hours.

Speaking at the Arusha Revenue Offices, where the new system was being launched, Dr Mhede explained that the e-filling structure will cater for ‘Pay as You Earn,’ income tax for individuals, corporation tax, withholding tax, VAT, as well as the Skills and Development Levy.

Individuals and corporate entities in extractive industries like minerals, gas and petroleum are not yet covered by the e-filing system and will continue to settle their returns at TRA offices in their respective regions.

“Those in extractive industries will have to slightly wait until a special structure for e-filing for the sector has been finalized. TRA is working on these arrangements,” he said.

Charles Palapala, the TRA Director of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) said the e-filing system is already functioning and its portal can be accessed through a link at the TRA website.

Once there, one can create a control number using the Personal Identification Number (PIN), a numerical code based on the subscriber’s name, providing additional account security.

This will assist the subscriber or client in settling their transactions, as tax-payers will now be automatically reminded to settle their returns when it is time to do so,” the ICT director noted.

Dr Suleiman Misango, the TRA board chairman, said the revenue collecting body is also conducting mass induction to taxpayers, educating them on how to use the new system in handling their revenue transactions.