Share Transfer In Tanzania, Practice And Procedure

Share Transfer shall in no way be taken synonymously as the transmission of shares, the two terminologies are quite different from each other and refer to two different processes of transferring the ownership of shares in the company.

Share Transfer is the process of transferring ownership of a share by mutual agreement between the parties, where it involves the sale agreement, transfer instrument, and payment of Capital gain tax, and it should be permissible under the articles of association of the company. While Transmission of shares is the process of transferring the ownership of a share by operation of the law, in case if the member passes away or becomes insolvent/lunatic.

Share Transfer Procedure

The shares or other interests of any member in a company shall be movable property transferable in the manner provided by the articles of association of the company. The article of association must allow the transfer of shares from one person to another and it shall provide for a procedure to follow during the transfer process.

Notice to directors of the company.

Generally, most private companies’ articles of association do forbid the transfer of shares to a non-member of the company. As such the existing members shall be offered the shares and if none of them is interested in buying them, then they can be offered to the outsider.

Hence the seller/shareholder must give notice to the directors of his intention to sell his shares to the members and the director must notify the members of the same. If any of the existing members are interested to buy, then will go on to negotiate and reach an agreement with the seller. If none of the members are interested in buying the shares, then the same will be offered to outsiders with the consent of the directors.

Share Transfer Procedure

Resolution to transfer the shares.

Whether the shares have been offered to the existing members or to outsiders, the members of the company must resolve and agree on the said transfer of shares. This can be done through extraordinary meetings of the company, where the members will be notified of the intention of the shareholder to sell his share, and if they agree they must resolve as such.

Sale Contract and Share Transfer instrument

Once the company has resolved that the shares can be transferred, then the shareholder and the purchaser must execute the sale contract, to save as the evidence that the shares have been transferred.

In addition to the sale contract the seller and the purchaser must also execute the Share Transfer Instrument, which signifies that the transferor/seller has transferred his shares to the transferee, the transferee has accepted the such transfer and the company has consented to the said transfer of share, by executing their signature on the said document, by the transferor, transferee and two directors or director and secretary on behalf of the company.  

The share transfer instrument is so important that the share transfer will be regarded as incomplete if the instrument is not executed by either party.

Payment of Capital Gain Tax.

Generally, the transfer of property is charged CGT by the government, and the tax is charged to the person who has earned monetary value from the transfer of property, in this case, the Seller/Transferor, however, the parties are not prohibited to make personal arrangement on who will cover the said tax.

In Tanzania, the CGT is charged at 10% of the value of the contract, or the estimated value made by the taxing officer depending on the value of the share at the current market, whichever is greater.

The tax is paid to the Tanzania Revenue Authority, through the control number issued by the authority for payment of the same. After paying the CGT, the authority issues the tax clearance certificate to acknowledge full payment of the required amount of tax, by the transferor/seller.

Notification to the registrar of companies about Share Transfer.

Once the transfer has been completed, the next stage is to notify the registrar (BRELA) of the same, so that he can update the company information in the registry.

The company has the duty under the law to give notice to the registrar on every change made to the company and share transfer is one of them. So the company will have to file with the registrar, the resolution which authorized the sale, the copy of the sale contract, together with the tax clearance certificate from TRA. In addition to the above notification, the said changes also have to be shown in the annual return of the company to be filed with the registrar (BRELA).

Surrender & Issuance of Share Certificate.

A share certificate is issued to the shareholder who has fully paid for his shares and it saves as evidence that he is the owner of the fully paid-up shares indicated under the certificate. The share certificate is issued to the shareholders only if the article of association has provided for the same.

If the company issues share certificates to its shareholders, then once the transfer has been completed, the holder of the share certificate at the time of transfer i.e. the seller, has to surrender the certificate to the company as he will cease to be a member once the transfer is done. Furthermore, upon surrender of the share certificate and completion of the share transfer the company has to issue a share certificate to acknowledge the transfer of shares and recognize the purchaser as one of its members/shareholders.


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