By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA Police Force has vowed to take stern measures against unfaithful traders who will found avoid paying government taxes.
Speaking from Mbeya region, the Inspector General of Police, Simon Sirro, said he had directed all policemen to arrest and prosecute all people who evade paying tax.
“I urge Tanzanians to continue paying all taxes to the government for economic development of our countrywide, other wise we will not hesitate to take stern measures against defaulters,” he said .
Sirro said, we should ensure rules and regulations are followed in order to make all necessary services available after tax is paid
He called upon Tanzanians to create a culture of buying local goods and manufactures adhere to quality and standards.
Addressing members of judiciary in Tanzania recently, President John Magufuli vowed to toughen up a crackdown on tax evasion by big businesses including mining companies as the east African nation moves to boost domestic revenues.
Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer, Tanzania also has vast deposits of natural gas, coal, diamonds, uranium and gemstones.
Magufuli launched a crackdown on graft and tax evasion when he took office in 2015 and has sacked dozens of senior public officials. Some businesses, though, say they have been unfairly hit with high tax bills.
Big firms are the main source of tax revenue for the government because Tanzania has a large informal economy that goes untaxed.
“It is unacceptable that an investor is extracting our minerals but doesn’t pay taxes. That investor was taken to court and lost both the case and the appeal, yet still refuses to pay the taxes,” Magufuli said.
He said that 7.5 trillion Tanzanian shillings worth of taxes were still unpaid by various firms even after the government won tax claim cases against them in courts and that this was hurting the east African nation’s economy.
Magufuli asked Tanzania’s judiciary to help stem corruption in the country, saying it was denying citizens access to justice.