Global Tax Alert | 6 September 2016

Tanzania Tax Authorities introduce requirement to verify tax identification numbers

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Executive summary

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has recently introduced the requirement for all taxpayers registered with the Authority to immediately verify their Tax Identification Numbers (TIN). All taxpayers are to receive a new TIN certificate. Failure to register will lead to the revocation of taxpayer’s TIN certificate.

The measure is intended to assist the TRA’s efforts in ensuring its process of installing new and modern technology to make the taxpayers’ record keeping system more effective.

Detailed discussion

Implementation

Verification will be undertaken in phases. The first phase will run from 15 August 2016 to 15 October 2016 for Dar es Salaam tax regions which includes:

  • Kinondoni
  • Ilala
  • Temeke

Verification process

The verification process is done by the taxpayer physically visiting the respective TRA offices for the purpose of verifying the taxpayer’s finger prints reflected in TRA’s system and submitting a completed TRA verification form (found in all TRA offices for free and on TRA’s website i.e., (www.tra.go.tz) accompanied with the following information:

  • TIN certificate
  • The Company’s Certificate of Incorporation/Compliance
  • The Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (MEMAT)
  • Title deed or lease agreement of the office premise
  • The Taxpayer’s identification card

The verification process will take place in different offices as follows:

  • Taxpayers registered with the Ilala Tax region, at Mariam Tower (in Shaurimoyo) and 14 Rays (in Kariakoo – Gerezani)
  • Taxpayers registered with Kinondoni Tax region, at LAPF building (in Kijitonyama) and Kibo Complex (in Tegeta)
  • Taxpayers registered with Large Taxpayers Department, at TRA Headquarters (4th Floor)
  • Taxpayers registered with Temeke Tax region, at the National Stadium
  • Non-business taxpayers may verify their TIN at any TRA office close to them

Please note that the verification process applies to both individuals and non-business taxpayers as well.

For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

Ernst & Young (Tanzania), Dar es Salaam
  • Tom Philibert
    +31 88 40 78504
    tom.philibert@tz.ey.com
  • Laurian Justinian
    +255 22 2666853
    laurian.justinian@tz.ey.com
Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd., Africa ITS Leader, Johannesburg
  • Justin Liebenberg
    +27 11 772 3907
    justin.liebenberg@za.ey.com
Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Pan African Tax Desk, London
  • Leon Steenkamp
    +44 20 7951 1976
    lsteenkamp@uk.ey.com
  • Gonçalo Dorotea Cevada
    +44 20 7951 2162
    gcevada@uk.ey.com
Ernst & Young LLP, Pan African Tax Desk, New York
  • Dele A. Olaogun
    +1 212 773 2546
    dele.olaogun@ey.com
  • Jacob Shipalane
    +1 212 773 2587
    jacob.shipalane1@ey.com

EYG no. 02725-161Gbl