TANZANIA Revenue Authority (TRA) has organized a one-week public education for tax payers and other stakeholders in Mtwara Region to broaden tax base and boost revenue collection in the area.
The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) is a government agency of Tanzania, charged with the responsibility of managing the assessment, collection and accounting of all central government revenue. It is a semi-autonomous body that operates in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.
Regional Commissioner Gelasius Byakanwa has called on tax payers, business people and other citizens to come in large numbers saying acquiring knowledge on payment of taxes is an obligation for everyone.
“I call upon the citizens of Mtwara including the tax payers, small and medium-sized business people to ensure they attend the TRA tax education gatherings and ask questions, consultations from the revenue officials to improve their knowledge on tax paying voluntarily,” Mtwara said.
TRA Senior Management Officer, Ms Rose Mhendeka, from the Taxpayer Education Department, while addressing the media on the sidelines of the event said, public education would be conducted door to door to reach the majority of the citizens.
“We will go door to door, in the public gatherings, set up camps to reach out to many people, especially business people and provide clarifications on tax regulations and procedures,” she said.
The taxpayer education in the region will help educate the citizens on tax revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), excise duty, taxes on motor vehicle change ownership among others.
Ms Mhendeka went on to call upon the residents with questions and other burning issues on tax payment(s) to come out for clarifications and be educated on the importance of paying taxes voluntarily.
She said TRA officials will receive and respond to complaints and other issues that will be raised by the citizens and business people in the region.
TRA embarked on the massive tax education countrywide to improve public knowledge on paying taxes voluntarily as a practice in the country towards broadening tax base and boosting of tax collection.
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