By Emmanuel Onyango
THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has officially inaugurated special Identification Cards (IDs) for small-scale traders in the country.
Speaking at the occasion held today in Dar es Salaam city, the Commissioner for TRA Charles Kichere said, "the issuing of the cards goes in line with amendments of the income Tax management Act of 2015."
In the 2017/18 fiscal year, the government would recognise small scale traders in informal sector, through TRA in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the National Identification Authority (NIDA), Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI).
Other stakeholder would include the Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) and the Immigration Department in the country.
Kichere said TRA would implement the exercise after having recognizing the importance of the union of traders at Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam city with Taxpayers Identification Number (TIN), some have been given today.
The exercises is aimed at identifying small-scale traders in the country to continue with their business throughout the country and will last for three years.
“The IDs will help traders form various economic groups to enable them be recognized by law and by the government,” he said adding that Sh10,000 would be paid for each ID.
On her part, the Ilala District Commissioner Sofia Mjema congratulated the government for the initiative.
She said such an initiative would not only empower them but also improve the country’s economy.
The Chairman of the federation of the union of Machingas at Kariakoo market in Dar es Salaam Steven Lusinde welcomed government’s move saying it would allow them participate in the national development.