Tanzania’s Finance Act 2024: 11 Key Changes You Need to Know

Kilimokwanza.org Team

Tanzania’s Finance Act 2024 introduces significant changes to the country’s financial landscape. Here are ten key points to understand:

  1. Industrial Development Levy:
    • What it is: A new levy on imported goods for home consumption in Mainland Tanzania.
    • Exemptions: Goods originating from East African Community (EAC) Partner States that meet the EAC Rules of Origin.
    • Goal: To bolster local industries and reduce reliance on imports.
    • Impact: This may lead to higher consumer prices in the short term.
  2. Taxation of Digital Assets:
    • What it is: Digital assets are now recognized as taxable entities under the Income Tax Act.
    • Why it matters: This aligns Tanzania with global digital economy tax trends.
    • Challenges: Valuation and reporting of digital assets may be complex.
  3. Centralized Sugar Importation:
    • What it is: The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is now the sole importer of sugar for domestic consumption.
    • Goal: To stabilize the sugar market, ensure consistent supply, and address shortages and price fluctuations.
  4. Stricter Cargo Regulations:
    • What it is: New regulations mandate that cargo consolidators adhere to customs and other relevant laws during deconsolidation.
    • Goal: To improve transparency and compliance in the importation process.
  5. Support for the Cashew Industry:
    • What it is: All export levies collected on cashews will be remitted to the Cashewnut Board for the next five years.
    • Goal: To enhance the development and sustainability of the cashew sector.
  6. Plant Health Inspection Fees:
    • What it is: New fees and charges for inspection services on imported and exported plant products.
    • Goal: To enhance the safety and health of the agricultural sector and ensure adequate funding for regulatory compliance.
  7. Faster Tax Dispute Resolution:
    • What it is: Tax appeals must now be settled amicably within sixty days.
    • Goal: To expedite the resolution of tax disputes and reduce the time and resources spent on litigation.
  8. Financial Incentives for Tea Processing:
    • What it is: “Tea processing” is included as a beneficiary of specific tax provisions until June 30, 2027.
    • Goal: To promote the tea processing industry and encourage investment in the sector.
  9. Loans for Local Agricultural Groups:
    • What it is: Local governments can issue loans to specified agricultural groups when no other applications exist.
    • Goal: To empower local agricultural groups and enhance access to financial resources.
  10. Export Tax on Sunflower Products:
    • What it is: A 10% export tax on crude sunflower oil and sunflower seeds.
    • Goal: To regulate the export market and promote the addition of domestic value to sunflower products.
  11. Amendment of the Vocational Education and Training Act: What it is: Provision for water supply and sanitation authorities to pay casual laborers involved in implementing water and sanitation projects. Goal: To ensure fair compensation for casual laborers and support the implementation of water and sanitation projects. Benefits: Enhances the implementation of essential projects, improves agricultural productivity through better irrigation and water management, and supports the livelihoods of casual labourers.

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