General Amnesty to All Employers with Outstanding Arrears of Contributions and Penalty

On 2ndOctober 2021, The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) (“the Fund”)announced to grant amnesty to all employers with outstanding arrears of contributions and penalty. The amnesty is effective from 1stOctober 2021, and it covers all employers of statutory contributions and penalty for the period up to 30thJune 2021 on the following conditions: 16th July, 2021.

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New Incentives for Investment in Zanzibar

Zanzibar spearheads investment in the island as it introduces new incentives for approved investors who have been granted the status of Special Strategic Investor in Pemba following the amendments of the third and sixth schedules of the Zanzibar Investment Promotion and Protection Authority Act (No. 14 of 2018) published in the Zanzibar Government Gazette Vol CXXX No. 6914 of 16th July, 2021.

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Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar Calls for Expressions of Interest for Lease, Development, Operation and Management of Small Islands in Zanzibar(Extended to 30/09/2021)

In its efforts to promote further investment in the Island and the need to diversify the economy of Zanzibar, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (“RGoZ”) has called for Expressions of Interest from investors to invest in the surrounding small islands (“Islets”).

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Beneficial Owners and Company Compliance Requirements

Who is a “Beneficial owner”?

The Companies Act Cap 212 defines a “beneficial owner” as a natural person: –

  • who directly or indirectly ultimately owns or exercises substantial control over an entity or an arrangement;
  • who has a substantial economic interest in or receives substantial economic benefit from an entity or an arrangement directly or indirectly whether acting alone or together with other persons;
  • on whose behalf an arrangement is conducted; or
  • who exercises significant control or influence over a person or arrangement.

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The Effects of the Finance Act, 2020 on Tax Adjudication

Introduction:
The Finance Act, No. 8 of 2020 came into force on 15th June, 2020. The Act amends a number of provisions of different laws, which include the Tanzania Revenue Authority Act (Cap. 399), the Tax Administration Act (Cap. 438), the Value Added Tax Act (Cap. 148), and other laws. In this article, we shall point out the changes that the Finance Act has made to the Tax Administration Act, which has been amended in the following ways.

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TRA Extends Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns to Cover PAYE

On 18th August 2020, the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) issued a public notice to require all employees to have a Tax Payer Identification
Number (TIN).

The reason behind the said requirement is the introduction of the new online system for tax collection known as Electronic Filing System of Tax Returns (E-filing). The system is set to facilitate companies or institutions on the following:

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