TRA collects whopping 1.4trn/- in just a month

07Jan 2016
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
TRA collects whopping 1.4trn/- in just a month
  • Represents a 490bn/- increase

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has surpassed its revenue collection target collecting a historic of 1.4 trn/- for the month of December (2015).

TRA acting Commissioner General Alphayo Kidata.

The 1.403 trn/- tax collection for December is equivalent to an average increase of 490bn/- that month compared to the average collections of July through to November where revenue collection averaged 900bn/- a month.

The announcement was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the TRA acting Commissioner General Alphayo Kidata. He however admitted that the authority collected about 6.44 trn/- between July and December, a little short of the targeted 6.59 trn/-.

Kidata attributed the increased collections to effective strategies implemented by TRA prompted by the fifth phase government that included setting up of stronger monitoring mechanisms and easing methods of tax payment.

On other side of the coin, the Acting Commissioner General said TRA has also collected about 11.78bn/- from businessmen who had evaded taxes at the Azam owned Inland Container Depot (ICD).

“The 11.78bn/- includes 5.38bn/- paid by 19 companies and businessmen for their containers and about 4.17bn/- paid by the owner of the Azam ICD,” he said.

“However, there are five businessmen who have not paid almost 2bn/- ...very strict legal measures are now being taken against them after the expiration of the amnesty period from the President,” he said.

Kidata announced that as of this month through to June, TRA plans to improve collection strategies and mechanisms as well as beefing up monitoring of all sources of revenue and plugging existing loopholes which includes identifying unfaithful TRA servants and taking strict legal action against them.

“We urge citizens to cooperate with us by giving information on tax evaders indicators as well as illegal products that are brought into the country through illegal ways or illegal ports,” he urged.

“Our call is to all businessmen and Tanzanians in general to cooperate with our efforts and support,” he urged again.

Meanwhile, TRA has given owners of motorcycles who have not registered for the new number plates to do so before the end of January.

He said from the 1st of October 2014 up to 31st December 2015, they registered 474,696 motorcycles of the expected 610,461 motorcycles.