Tanzania has imposed a 25% tax on all imported wigs and hair extensions because it makes efforts to rake in additional income.
The nation’s finance minister, Philip Mpango additionally introduced a 10% tax on wigs produced domestically.
The newest taxes shall be enforced from subsequent month, based on the federal government as a part of it’s annual finances assertion.
The assertion was delivered on Thursday by the minister who was detailing how the nation intends spending within the coming twelve months.
Thousands and thousands of Tanzanian women do patronize wigs or synthetic hair particularly these produced overseas and imported into the nation.
A few of these wigs can price as excessive as $130 with the most affordable costing round $4.
The federal government desires to discourage using these merchandise in addition to their importation.
Tanzanian women are sad with the brand new taxes and have complained on numerous social media platforms.
A wig importer Annasatasia Sigera is quoted by the BBC as saying that “People love artificial hair. Why of all the things that could be taxed did they opt for wigs?”
One women who spends $450 on her hair extension additionally instructed the BBC that “It’s like they’re punishing us because women like hair and we like to look good.”
Aristote Mwamtobe, runs a preferred salon in the primary metropolis Dar es Salaam. He expressed his anger in an interview with the BBC.
“The 10% tax [for locally-made wigs] and the 25% tax [for imported wigs] is too expensive for our sisters,” he stated.
Mwantobe claims women “might cut their hair and then get a divorce as the men are used to seeing their wives with long hair, and then suddenly things change!”
In the meantime the federal government has additionally reimposed taxes on sanitary towels. The minister argues that an earlier exemption has not benefited customers.
Mpanga argues that many sellers didn’t scale back their costs when the exemption was introduced.