What Next After Registering a Company in Tanzania

Absolutely! Once you’ve registered your company in Tanzania, there are several important steps to follow to guarantee everything runs smoothly and that you comply with all relevant regulations. Let’s explore the essential details:”

1. Tax Registration

    After completing the company registration process with the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA), the subsequent imperative procedure involves obtaining your company’s registration for tax purposes. To proceed, visit the nearest Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) office and furnish the stipulated documents to acquire a Company Tax Identification Number (TIN). Securing this TIN is vital to ensuring your business adheres to tax regulations and is poised for seamless operations. In Tanzania, acquiring a Tax Identification Number (TIN) is crucial as it marks the pivotal second step in establishing your business’s legal presence.

    Without a TIN, a business cannot obtain other necessary licenses or permits. The revenue authority has introduced an online platform (TRA portal) for the mandatory monthly and statutory filing of taxes such as VAT, PAYE, SDL, Withholding Tax and Corporate Tax. Unfortunately, many business managers possess limited knowledge of this system, resulting in substantial financial penalties.

    2. Business Licenses

    These are permits issued by government agencies that allow individuals or companies to conduct business within the government’s geographical jurisdiction. According to The Business Licensing Act No. 25 of 1972 The Act, no Entity is required to operate a Business in Tanzania without being a Holder of a Valid Business License issued by the Respective Authority. The following are the prevailing types of licenses;

    Class A license, issued by the Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA), covers businesses regulated or administered by laws, national or international businesses, and those governed by policy.

    Class B license, issued by Local Government Authorities (LGAs), covers unregulated businesses and those not of national/international nature or not governed by policy.

    Sector-Specific Licenses/permits: Certain sectors (such as healthcare, mining, telecom, transportation, tourism or financial services) require additional licenses. For example: If you’re in the construction industry, you will need construction permits and professional bodies.

    3. Regulatory Authorities

    There are several regulatory authorities some being general and others being Industry or sectorial regulators;

    • If your business operates in a regulated sector (e.g., financial services, healthcare, or telecommunications), register with the Bank of Tanzania or with the respective regulatory authority. Examples include the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA), Workers’ Compensation Fund (WCF), and National Social Security Fund (NSSF), TCRA, LATRA, ERB, EWURA and other relevant regulators.
    • If your business activities impact the environment (e.g., manufacturing, mining, or construction), consult the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) for environmental permits and compliance.
    • If your company operates in an export processing zone, register with EPZA. They oversee licensing and incentives for companies in these zones.

    4. Employment Compliance

    Employers are required to adhere to labour laws and regulations, which encompass various aspects such as employment contracts, working hours, and employee rights. For guidance on these matters, you can consult the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Youth Development. It’s also advisable to seek assistance from a licensed lawyer for dealing with issues related to working and residence permits. Additionally, you may need to address technical issues such as local content requirements in labour matters depending on the sectoral legal setup.

    5. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Undertake CSR initiatives to contribute positively to the community and environment.

    Financial Records: Properly maintain books of accounts and other financial credentials

    6. Annual Returns

    Don’t forget to keep your company’s records up to date! Make sure to file your annual returns with BRELA within 18 months of incorporating your company. Keeping your information current is crucial for staying compliant and maintaining a healthy business. 

    Conclusion

    Companies need to refrain from making decisions based on guesswork when it comes to compliance matters. Simple oversights or negligence can result in significant costs for the business. Seeking guidance from experienced professionals with a proven track record in corporate compliance is crucial for navigating the various legal issues that affect business operations efficiently and effectively.

    Further Information:

    At Lawfic Attorneys, we specialize in aiding clients and businesses in achieving their objectives by ensuring adherence to all necessary procedures, preparing requisite documentation, and submitting applications to the relevant authorities. For further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us via the following email address:

    Email; info@lawficattorneys.co.tz  or call: +255 744 200 538

    DISCLAIMER

    This article cannot and does not contain legal advice. The legal information is provided for general information and education purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based on the provided information, we encourage you to consult Lawfic Attorneys, or any licensed attorney for further legal advice.

    Author; Adv. Gasper Malongo

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