By Emmanuel Onyango
Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has impounded and later confiscated 41 boxes containing spirit bottles of alcoholic drinks after found them without a sealed national tax stamp in one of the whole sales shops selling such products in Dodoma city.
The boxes worth Tshs. 3 million belongs to Anthony George a trader in the city, have impounded by the TRA’s Commissioner General Charles Kichere who made an impromptu visit to the shop located at the City Centre.
The TRA's Commissioner was in a mission to inspect use of the Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFD) machines by various bigger business enterprises including petrol stations in Dodoma city today.
Speaking to journalists, the TRA boss elaborated the types of boxes with their contents which supposed to have a national sealed tax stamp to verify that tax is already paid for the products.
He further clarified that, the move on other side helps TRA of the valid tax payments transactions, however, he clarified more and noted that sealed tax stamps are supposed to be fixed on consignments of goods before sold to customers.
Under the process, the government will be sure of getting the correct amount of taxes and this helps facilitate the process which monitored by TRA officials.
He said that, the boxes confiscated includes 27 boxes of Robertson liquor, 7 boxes of James, 5 boxes of Drostdy Hof and 2 boxes of Alko Dompo
Also in his mission, the TRA boss ordered one bodaboda driver whom he fined Tshs. 30,000/- on the spot after having found him to have bought fuel for his motorbike and could not demand for an electronic receipt.
He said people who do not have the habit of demanding receipts are doing ,mistakes and need to be fined between Tshs. 30,000/- and Tshs. 1.5 million, or face jail term of not less than six months in accordance with the Income Tax Act of 2015.
He further elaborated that, in every such a transaction every buyer has the right to demand a receipt as per the indication in the laws governing the national income tax regulations and supervision.