Tanzania

Individual - Other taxes

Last reviewed - 22 November 2019

Social security contributions

There is a state social security scheme known as the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), which every employer in the private sector must contribute to. The employer’s contribution is 20% of the employee’s cash remuneration; however, the employer is entitled to recover up to half of this from the employee.

Similar contribution rates apply to the Public Service Social Security Fund (PSSSF) scheme, which is a special fund for the employer and employees in the public sector. In the PSSSF scheme, the contribution by employer and employee is 15% and 5%, respectively.

Consumption taxes

Value-added tax (VAT)

The standard rate of VAT is 18%, but the export of goods and certain services is eligible for zero rating. See the Other taxes section in the Corporate tax summary for more information.

Net wealth/worth taxes

There are no net wealth/worth taxes in Tanzania.

Inheritance, estate, and gift taxes

There are no inheritance, estate, or gift taxes in Tanzania.

Skills and development levy (SDL)

SDL is a tax on the employer calculated as 4.5% of gross cash emoluments of employees. It is not a tax on the individual, but is a cost that needs to be borne in mind when considering the overall cost of employment of employees.

The following education institutions are exempted from SDL: (i) nursery, primary, and secondary schools; (ii) vocational, educational, and training schools; and (iii) universities and higher learning institutions.

Workers compensation fund tariff

Employers are subject to the workers compensation fund tariff. The tariff is payable on a monthly basis and is calculated as a percentage of cash sums paid to employees at 1% for private sector and 0.5% for public sector. Employers are also required to file a new monthly return form.

The rates (1% and 0.5%) apply to the period July 2015 to June 2016. The rates for the period after 30 June 2016 were to be communicated prior to the beginning of the financial year 2016/17. However, no change of rate has been communicated, hence these rates prevail.

Property taxes

The property tax rates for valued properties vary depending on the value and location of the property. For unvalued properties, property tax is charged at TZS 10,000 for a normal building and TZS 50,000 per storey for a storey building.