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Home Foreign AffairsTanzania DiasporaDonation to Charitable Organizations and NGOsEligibility for tax exemption

Not all donations in terms of goods sent by Tanzanian diaspora to recipients in Tanzania are exempted from tax. Unless the goods are specifically exempted under the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004, through the Government Notice (GN) Nos. 197 and 200 of 2001 and through item 10 of the 3rd schedule to the VAT Act; all other imported goods are taxed at the standard VAT of 18% or at the normal Customs Duty rates currently in force. However capital goods such as plant and machinery to any person and charitable organizations are relieved from VAT.

All final consumable goods are charged 25% import duty while semi finished goods are levied 10% import duty. Raw materials, capital goods and agricultural/irrigation equipment are charged 0% import duty. Goods will be exempted from duty if they are to be used solely by a religious organization for the advancement of religion; and in case of NGOs goods will be exempted from duty if they are to be used for the execution of the organization’s functions and for relieving persons from the effects of natural calamities, hazard or disaster and also development, maintenance or renovation by the organization of projects relating to health, education, training, water supply, infrastructure or any other projects relating to advancement of the community.

Source: Government Portal Content Committee, Last Reviewed on : 2015-10-14 08:20:18
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