TRA grills central zone’s taxpayers on new services

By Valentine Oforo , The Guardian
Published at 02:24 PM May 15 2024
Alex Mwambenja, Taxpayer Education and Communication Officer, Domestic Revenue Department
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Alex Mwambenja, Taxpayer Education and Communication Officer, Domestic Revenue Department

THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has embarked on a program to impart the medium taxpaying traders in the tax-paying central zone corridor over key information and awareness over the important of complying to the set taxes.

The timely session held yesterday in Dodoma capital city attracted the said traders from the regions of Kigoma, Singida , Tabora and Dodoma, and was used as a pivotal podium to introduce the TRA’s newly-established Medium Taxpayers Division (MTD) to the taxpayers in question.

Recently, the state-owned tax semi-autonomous government agency, TRA, initiated a new department of Medium Taxpayers Division (MTD), tailored for serving the medium taxpayers only.

Detailed over the development yesterday on the sideline of the vital training, TRA’s Taxpayers Education and Communication Officer from the Domestic Revenue Department (DRD), Alex Mwambenja, expressed that the seminar was in line with efforts by the authority to educate the targeted traders over why they have been placed at the medium taxpayers level.

“The medium taxpayer trader is one whose annual tax-paying level starts from 250m/- but not exceeding 2.5bn/-, in this category the trader is supposed to pay the tax directly to the TRA through the Domestic Revenue Department,” he expressed.

Mwambenja communicated that the seminar was for creating a meaningful platform to disseminate key knowledge to the participants over how they’re supposed to comply with their statutory taxes in order to reflect their new status of medium taxpayers.

“We’re also capacitating them on how they should make a professional and fruitful use of the DRD office where all of their tax-paying issues will now be handled,” he expressed.

Speaking during the event, on his part  TRA’s Manager for Audit Service at the Medium Taxpayers Division, Dittu Nyarobi, asked the participants to use the series of the training effectively.

He observed, TRA has decided to conduct the training among others, to collect views as well as the challenges that face the traders who fall in the medium taxpaying category.

“The medium taxpayer traders are playing a significant role in revenue collections and that’s why we have decided to place them in their special category in order to serve them more professionally,” he insisted.

As part of the initiated program, he unveiled that the authority, through the MTD, is mulling to male a physical visit of all medium taxpayers with the involved regions, to assist them overcoming challenges they encounter pertaining to compliance to needed taxes.