Tanzania: Concern As Higher Banking Fees Come Into Effect Today
Friday, July 1, 2016
Dar es Salaam — Commercial banks have announced an increase in transaction fees of 18 per cent effective today.
Stakeholders say the increase threatens to reverse gains made in financial inclusion in the country. Banks have announced that fees charged on services such as withdrawals would increase following the government’s decision to impose 18 per cent value added tax (VAT) on the charges.
The government is targeting the billions of shillings banks have been earning in transaction fees, but, as expected, the additional cost has simply been passed on to customers. This, in turn, would increase the tax burden on low income earners, making banking a costly undertaking, according to stakeholders.