Taxing the urban boom in Tanzania: Central versus local government property tax collection

Authors: Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Merima Ali & Lucas Katera
Publisher: CMI
Date: June 2017

Abstract:

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Effective collection of property taxes requires constructive working relations between the central government revenue authority and the municipalities, independent of the mode of administration. Clear division of function and responsibility between the local and the central government is critical for effective policy implementation. The implementation of property taxes in Tanzania has seen major changes in the last decade, oscillating between decentralised and centralised collection regimes. This briefing examines experiences with the different revenue collection regimes.