Alphayo Kidata, the Commissioner General for the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), said the program will go in tandem with the issuance of new TIN numbers and their records would be kept.

“This new exercise will improve tax collection and efficiency after the old one proved cumbersome,” Kidata told a news conference in the east African nation’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

He added: “This new system will help to know the exact number of taxpayers and identify those who deserve to be on the tax base.”

He said that the system will help TRA to increase tax collection and reduce costs of tax collection and enhance voluntary tax compliance.

Kidata said the verification will be done for two months covering the whole country starting with Dar es Salaam.

“In Dar es Salaam we have opened special centres in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke districts where business people will visit to verify their information and change the old system,” said the TRA commissioner general.

He appealed to the business people to cooperate and participate in the exercise.

In July, TRA posted an impressive collection of taxes to the tune of 528 million U.S. dollars which was 95.6 percent of the target of collecting 551 million U.S. dollars set for that month.

Richard Kayombo, TRA Director of Tax Payer Services and Education, said TRA had put in place feasible strategies in order to realise and surpass collection targets set by the government.

One of the strategies, he said, was registration of new taxpayers as well as updating taxpayers’ information by ensuring that the unused TIN numbers were removed from the TRA system in Tanzania. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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