Tanzania Introduces Employer-Paid Workers' Compensation Fund

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By Jared Mondschein

July 20—All Tanzanian employers are now required to submit a percentage of employee wages to a Workers' Compensation Fund (WCF), a Tanzanian embassy official confirmed to Bloomberg BNA.

The WCF was established by the Workers' Compensation Act of 2008 and applied to both public and private employers for the 2015-2016 tax year that began July 1, 2015.

Under the Workers' Compensation Act, private sector employers are required to contribute one percent of each employee's wages on a monthly basis to the WCF while public sector employers must contribute 0.5 percent of wages to the fund. Both public and private sector employers must:

• register with the Director-General of the WCF with information on the employer's business, such as employees and their wages;

• notify the Director-General of any changes to the information submitted in the registration within seven days;

• maintain records on payments to the WCF for at least three years;

• submit an annual return on employee earnings to Director-General by March 31;

• notify employees of their rights and the proper procedure to follow in the case of an accident; and

• be subject to penalties, including imprisonment, for non-compliance and interest on overdue assessments.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Mondschein at jmondschein@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Baer at mbaer@bna.com

The Workers Compensation Act of 2008 is available at http://www.tanzania.go.tz/egov_uploads/documents/The_Workers_Compensation_Act,_2008_-_(Act_No_sw.pdf.

The employers contribution form, WCP-1, and the attachment to it are available at http://www.kazi.go.tz/uploads/documents/sw/1435923367-WCP%20FORM%201.pdf and http://www.kazi.go.tz/uploads/documents/sw/1435923319-WCP%20FORM%201%20ATTACHMENT.pdf.

More information on payroll issues in Tanzania can be found in the Tanzania country primer.