By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
Just as our July issue went to press in mid-June, we received word that Tanzania had partially lifted the 18% value-added tax (VAT) levied on the hunting industry. We say "partially" because it mainly applies to company/operational licenses and fees.
Minister of Finance and Planning Philip Mpango announced the decision before Tanzania's parliament on June 21, 2017, before the opening of the 2017 hunting season. Operators had held off paying block fees and PH license fees until the government made the adjustment.
You will recall the VAT was implemented in July 2016 for all tourism services in Tanzania. Implementation on hunting services was unclear, but operators were soon told it applied to all government fees, licenses/permits, utilization fees, trophy fees and exports, daily rates, etcetera....