Friday, October 27, 2017

TRA closes Manji’s office over Sh300 million tax bill

 

By By Ibrahim Yamola @TheCitizenTz news@thecitizen.co.tz

Dar es Salaam. Business tycoon Yusuf Manji found himself in trouble with the authorities once again after his offices in the commercial capital were yesterday closed over a Sh300 million tax bill.

Yono Auction Mart shut down the embattled businessman’s offices on Nyerere Road on the orders of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

Details of the businessman’s tax bill remained sketchy by the time of going to press yesterday, but Yono Auction Mart officials confirmed what they said was a “huge bill” the flamboyant former Young Africans FC chairman owed TRA.

Ms Scholastika Kevela, the auctioneer’s director general, told The Citizen in a telephone interview that the businessman had been given 14 days to clear the bill as per procedure.

 ‘’It is true that we have closed the offices along Nyerere Road over the huge tax debt they owe TRA,” she said, adding that the auctioneers would wait to get directives from TRA on the next course of action at the end of the deadline.

Efforts to get a comment from the business tycoon or his assistants proved futile until we went to press yesterday.

Early this month, TRA shut down another of the business tycoon’s firms, Farm Equipment.  A statement from the taxman noted the offices were put under lock and key over the company’s failure to pay taxes to TRA to a tune of Sh12.2 billion.

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