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ZIMRA Officers attending to a client at the stand

By Kebualemang Shoko

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) exhibition pavilion was a hive of activity at the just ended ZITF exhibition, which ran from 24 April to 28 April 2018 in Bulawayo under the theme “Sustainable Industrial Development: Inclusive, Competitive, Collaborative.”

 

Hundreds of people thronged the ZIMRA pavilion to get more information about Customs and taxes issues. The Authority’s Canine Unit exhibition was of great interest to the visitors since the team was showcasing prohibited drugs and substances, which included marijuana (mbanje), cocaine, illicit cough syrup (Broncleer), among other dangerous substances. The Canine Unit took time to explain their role of protecting civil society from prohibited, dangerous and restricted goods and substances.

Also on display were the latest innovations from ZIMRA including the e-Services solution that allows for convenience of tax complaint clients. The Authority has also made great strides in e-Customs, which has added convenience to clients and has eradicated long queues by providing a safe and simple payment method.

Many clients also visited the ZIMRA stand to know more about the Tax Amnesty, a provision made by Government to companies, trusts, and individuals in arrears to regularise their tax affairs.

ZIMRA technical experts encouraged clients to take advantage of this provision to make payment plans to clear all outstanding taxes and duties by 30 June 2018.

Other areas of interest to the clients included the traveller’s rebate, tax obligations for employers and calculation of duty for motor vehicles, change of vehicle ownership, seizure of goods and the fiscalisation programme.