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“It is not fair!” Diamond irate after Tanzania Revenue Authority over-taxed his performances

September 27, 2019 at 09:40
"It is not fair!" Diamond irate after Tanzania Revenue Authority over-taxed his performances

East Africa’s Simba is at loggerheads with the Tanzania Revenue Authority over Ksh 5 million plus tax they want to charge him for his performances.

The top bongo artist has picked on the country’s tax man for trying to overtax his company.

Facing the Tanzania Revenue Authority staff, Platnumz raised complaints on the move, because of his performance in one of bongo’s provinces.

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During his speech at the TRA team’s stand, the crooner touched on the fact that the tax authority had asked him to pay heftily for posters in regard to the Wasafi festival held in Iringa town.

Revealing that he did not grant them their wishes because he felt it was robbery without violence.

It did not just add up how he was going to pay more taxes than what he and his team would pocket at the end of their performances.

What he is yet to understand, is how the Tanzanian government has decided to come head-over-heals on the Wasafi team despite their duly paying of annual taxes and being a law-abiding entity.

For instance, Wasafi Limited usually pay its taxes at the end of every financial year. Among the things we do and pay for include the Wasafi Festivals. It is not fair for us to pay the required 18 per cent tax at the end of every year and still pay taxes at the end of every show organised by Wasafi.

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From their end, TRA urged the superstar to preserve all receipt and tax documents as evidence for when the revenue officials come knocking.

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———————————————————————————————— Msanii wa muziki wa Bongo Fleva, @diamondplatnumz ameonesha kuvurugwa na wingi wa makato ya kodi anazotozwa kwenye matamasha yake ya Wasafi Festival na show zake nyingine za ndani. Diamond akiongea na maafisa TRA mkoani Iringa, Aliwauliza bei ya kubandika bango (Posters) yenye ukubwa wa A4 ni shilingi ngapi?. TRA walimjibu Diamond kwa kusema kuwa, Viwango vya bei za Posters inategemea na ukubwa wa bango lenyewe na eneo husika kwa kutumia ‘By Law’ zinzotumika eneo hilo. Diamond aliendelea kuhoji kuhusu bei ya mabango hayo kwa kutoa mfano, Ambapo alisema kuwa mwaka huu walienda kupiga show Kahama mkoani Shinyanga na walipoenda kufuatilia bei za kupandika mabango (Posters) aliambiwa na TRA wilayani humo kuwa kila bango litatozwa Tsh elfu 3 kwa siku. Maafisa hao wa TRA ambao walikuwa kwenye banda la Maonesho ya utalii mjini Iringa, Walimjibu kuwa hicho kitu hakiwezekani ni bei kubwa sana, Na kisha maafisa hao walichukua maelezo kutoka kwa Diamond wakimtaka ataje mkoa aliofanyiwa hivyo ili kufikisha malalamiko yake kwa wahusika. Diamond aliendelea kuhoji kwa kuuliza, “Kwa mfano sisi kama Wasafi Limited kila mwisho wa mwaka tunalipa kodi zetu sawia kabisa. Na miongoni mwa shughuli nyingine tunazozifanya ni pamoja na kuandaa show za Wasafi Festival. Je, unatakiwa ulipe kodi ya mwisho wa mwaka au nilipe pale pale 18% ninapomaliza show ambayo tumeandaa sisi wenyewe.?” —————————————————————————– TRA wamemwambia kuwa kama tamasha limeandaliwa na Wasafi Limited, Hawezi kukatwa 18% baada ya show kumalizika na badala yake, kinachotakiwa ni yeye kutunza nyaraka na atakatwa Income Tax ya 30% mwisho wa mwaka. WRITTEN AND EDITED BY @mgallahtz. Full video ipo YouTube channel ya Bongo5.

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