Tanzania revenue body asks traders to use fiscal machines

ID-10029449TRA has been holding awareness drives to emphasise on the importance of bills and receipts. (Image source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net) The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has urged traders in Arusha region to use Electronic Fiscal Machines (EFC) for ensuring apt assessment of annual taxes

The machines have been distributed by various agents across the country and have proved to be helpful for the TRA in controlling of revenue and sales analysis, as well as tracking tax payments made by traders.

It has been established recently that many small and medium businesses in the Arusha region were not paying taxes and also not issuing receipts for customers from their commercial centres.

Arusha’s TRA manager Evaristo Kileva said such fraudulent behaviour was adversely affecting revenue collection and the department had geared up to catch the businessmen who were evading taxes.

“Currently, we are continuing with a region-wide awareness campaign to impart businessmen within the region with the knowledge on importance of providing receipt to customers as well as paying taxes,” he said.

Kileva, however, called on customers to demand receipts whenever they buy any product or receive any service.

An Arusha Regional Taxpayers Services official, Eugema Mkumbo, appealed to all small and medium businesses within the region to comply with the set tax regulations.

“Most businesses, especially in rural areas, are ignorant of taxation regulations and are not keeping their books properly. This should not be the case as it is resulting in huge losses to revenue. We are doing our best to solve the issue,” she noted.

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