TANZANIA: TAXES/DAILY NEWS/15/3/18 SABANews 1
DODOMA – President JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA has lashed out at the national Revenue Authority for punishing taxpayers in the SADC country.
He says paying levies should be an honourable obligation rather than a burden and has ordered the Minister of Finance and Planning as well as the Permanent Secretary to act.
President MAGUFULI says they should help seek an end to the challenges facing the Revenue Authority to improve relationships with taxpayers.
The DAILY NEWS quotes the Head of State as saying he is concerned about reports of fixing tax rates against a government directive to have uniform charges across the board.
He has addressed delegates to a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a 426-kilometre-long railway line from MOROGORO to MAKUTUPORA in the capital, DODOMA.
President MAGUFULI has expressed concern over alleged unethical acts of some officials, whom he says are ready to destroy the good deeds of the Revenue Authority and the country.
Moreover, he says the Revenue Authority should revise taxation procedures to ensure the agreed taxes do not appear to be a disturbance to the people.
President MAGUFULI has revealed his government needs a lot of money to construct a railway line from the commercial capital, DAR ES SALAAM to MWANZA.
It needs another huge amount for the RUFIJI Hydropower project to generate at least TWO-THOUSAND-100 megawatts for the country’s industrial economy and FIRST ever speed train.
President MAGUFULI says his administration is carrying out a strategic plan involving the expansion and rehabilitation of 11 airports as well as the DAR ES SALAAM, TANGA and MTWARA harbours.
He says the Revenue Authority should work ethically because the State needs money to improve access to water across rural and urban areas, and to connect all villages to the power grid by 2021.
The Head of State says the issue of TANZANIA having a population of 55-MILLION is not a problem, when a country like CHINA, with more than ONE-BILLION citizens, has become highly advanced./Sabanews/cam