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Policy Forum’s Tax Justice Working Group Proposals For Financial Year 2022/23

Submitted by Web Master on 14 March 2022

In developing countries like Tanzania, and mostly due to rapid population increases, there is an increased urgency to improve on the mobilisation of domestic resources for vital service delivery. Improved mobilisation of domestic resources is core towards the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and is recognised as crucial in enabling developing countries to graduate from aid. The need to raise more tax and strengthen revenue mobilisation in most countries, especially developing ones like Tanzania is, therefore, an important component in the process of realising the SDGs.

Sealing the Gaps: Revenue forgone within the Tanzania tax system and how it could be used to fund public education

Taxation provides governments with the funds needed to invest in development, relieve poverty and deliver public services. It offers an antidote to aid dependence in developing countries and provides the fiscal reliability and sustainability needed to promote growth.

Taxation for Non Profit Organisations in Tanzania: A guide to Civil Society Organizations

Submitted by Web Master on 1 October 2021

This is the first ever simplified document analyzing Laws, Policies and procedures governing taxation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania. The idea of preparing and publishing this Tool Kit was brought up during Civil Society Organizations’ Directors Reflection Meeting in Mwanza in 2019. The idea was well received by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and CSOs across the country. Validation of the Tool Kit was done by representatives from CSOs on 01st July 2021 at Mlimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam.

Implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) in Tanzania, 2017-2019

Submitted by Web Master on 20 April 2020

Recently Policy Forum did an analysis to assess the extent to which Tanzania’s mining fiscal regime is aligned with the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). The AMV, which was adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in February 2009, serves as a regional policy tool to guide the development of mineral resources in Africa.

The Nexus Between Taxation of the Informal Sector and Inequality

Submitted by Web Master on 9 May 2019

The tax system can directly reduce inequality by redistributing income from rich to poor, by taxing the rich more heavily and giving the government revenues to spend on public services. In Tanzania, there is a challenge of a large and increasing informal sector which has often gone untaxed hence subjecting a higher tax burden on the few within the formal sector. This in a way contributes to inequality because the informal sector partly constitutes relatively High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIS) whose incomes are not often subjected to tax.

CSOs Debate on Nexus Between Tax Reform and Decentralization Policies

Submitted by Web Master on 17 July 2018

CSOs in Tanzania have called for increased clarity of the division of functions and responsibilities of the central and local government administrations in the country if decentralisation by devolution is to work. This includes clarification on property registration and valuation responsibilities, and obligations on the maintenance of property registers and revenue data.

Financial Secrecy Index 2018: The Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

Submitted by Web Master on 8 June 2018

The 2018 Financial Secrecy Index, a tool for measuring global financial secrecy and secrecy jurisdictions, presents some worrying signs for the emerging economies in Africa and threaten to potentially undermine the sustainability of their development trajectory. Tanzania scored a high secrecy score of 73. Surprisingly, even with these attractive secrecy policies, it is only recently that the jurisdiction has been brought under the spotlight.

Tanzania Tax Justice Coalition Position Statement Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Raising Revenue the Business-Friendly Way

Submitted by Web Master on 30 May 2018

For a country like Tanzania to meet its inclusive development objectives and realistically fund essential services such as provision of clean and safe water, healthcare, education and infrastructure, it needs reliable sources of own revenue including from taxes. Moreover, an economy needs a tax policy that redistributes wealth to address inequality including redressing gender gaps within society.

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