TRA’s public notice regarding closing of shops to boycott EFDs


Tanzania Revenue Authority would like to inform the general public that the ongoing shop closures is uncalled for and is highly regretted.

Let it be known that the issue of EFDs was passed by the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania in 2010. This was followed by the official position of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania in his end of month Speech in March 2011 just before the commencement of phase 1 for VAT registered traders.

The Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal further reaffirmed this Position on 8th November 2013.

The Prime Minister Hon. Mizengo Peter Pinda also wound the Parliamentary Session in December 2013 by cementing the government’s position on the EFDs.

On 29th of January 2014, The Minister of Finance Hon Saada Mkuya Salum, further gave a statement during the press conference on the government’s position giving assurance on the determination to enforce the requirements of law. This was one among the many interventions the Ministry has stated the position to the business community and the General Public.

Tanzania Revenue Authority has done the same ever since phase 1 started in 2011 and has continued doing so throughout the second phase awareness until the beginning of the implementation.

Where operational issues arose they have been resolved and will continue to be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

TRA would therefore like to inform the business community that those forcing or persuading others to close shops should refrain from doing so as they are breaking the law by creating chaos unnecessarily. We have also regrettably noted that some of the businesses being forced or persuaded to close are not part of phase 2 implementation of EFD while those who decide to close on their own should do so on their own will and not otherwise. We are also receiving calls and requests for protection from those who do not wish to close shop but only do so because they are being threatened and intimidated.

Let it be known that those who are masterminding this unlawful move will be dealt with by the relevant arms of law while those who are being harassed should inform us through the following numbers 0786 800000, 0713800333 and 0800 110016 or by email: [email protected]