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ZIMRA’s Presumptive Tax Guide for Zimbabwe As Of March 2024

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Zimbabwe’s Presumptive Tax Rates As Of March 2024: An In-Depth Guide

As Zimbabwe’s economy continues to grow, understanding the nuances of its tax system is crucial for investors, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and ordinary people looking to tap into this vibrant market. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has implemented a presumptive tax system designed to streamline tax collection from the informal sector and small-scale businesses. With March 2024 on the horizon, let’s dive deep into the details of these tax rates and their implications for your business ventures.

The Role of Presumptive Tax in Zimbabwe’s Economy

Presumptive Tax is a strategic tool used by ZIMRA to widen the tax net, especially in the informal sector, which is a significant part of Zimbabwe’s economy. This tax regime is supposed to simplifiy the tax-paying process for small-scale businesses and informal traders, making it easier for them to comply with their tax obligations.

A Closer Look at Presumptive Tax Categories and Rates As Of March 2024

1. Transport Operators’ Presumptive Tax:

Transport is a critical sector in Zimbabwe, facilitating the movement of people and goods across the country. The presumptive tax rates for transport operators are categorized based on the type and capacity of the vehicles:

Omnibuses:

  • Operators of omnibuses for the carriage of passengers for hire or reward for 25 -36 passengers – US$300 per month.
  • Operators of omnibuses for the carriage of passengers for hire or reward for 37 passengers or more – US$450 per month.

Goods Vehicles:

  • Operators of goods vehicles having a carrying capacity of more than ten tonnes but less than twenty tonnes.  – US$1000 per month.
  • Operators of goods vehicles having a carrying capacity of ten tonnes or less but which is driving one or more trailers resulting in a combined carrying capacity of more than fifteen tonnes but less than twenty tonne. – US$2,500 per month.
  • Operators of goods vehicles having a carrying capacity of twenty tonnes or more. – US$3,000 per month.

Driving Schools:

  • Operators of driving schools providing driving tuition for class 4 vehicles only – US$300 per month.
  • Operators of driving schools providing driving tuition for class 1 and 2 vehicles (whether or not in addition to providing driving tuition for other classes of vehicles) – US$600 per month.
ZIMRA's Presumptive Tax Guide for Zimbabwe As Of March 2024

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2. Hairdressing Salon Operators’ Presumptive Tax:

Hairdressing salons are ubiquitous in Zimbabwe, serving as essential grooming hubs. Operators  of hair salons are subject to a tax of  US$ 300 per month.

3. Operators of Restaurants or Bottle Stores:

The hospitality industry is a significant contributor to Zimbabwe’s economy. Operators of restaurants and bottle stores are taxed US$300 per month.

4. Cottage Industry Operators:

Cottage industries, including small-scale manufacturing and crafts, are taxed at US$300 per month.

5. Commercial Waterborne Vessels:

Operators of commercial vessels used for passenger transport or fishing are taxed based on carrying capacity (inclusive of cabin crew):

  • Not more than five passengers – US$80 per month.
  • Between six and fifteen passengers – US$100 per month.
  • Between  sixteen and twenty-five passengers – US$150 per month.
  • Between  twenty-six and forty-nine passengers – US$200 per month.
  • Fifty or more passengers – US$300 per month.

6. Commercial Waterborne Vessels: Operators of fishing rigs – US$250 per month.

7. Presumptive Tax Rates for Self-Employed Professionals

In Zimbabwe, self-employed professionals are subject to presumptive tax as a way to simplify their tax obligations and ensure compliance. This tax is applied to professionals across various fields, reflecting their contribution to the economy and the professional services sector. The rates are designed to be proportional to the income levels within each profession.

i. Architects:

  • Tax Rate: US$1500 per month

ii. Engineers or Technicians:

  • Tax Rate: US$2000 per month.

3. Leal Practitioners:

  • Tax Rate: US$1500 per month.

4. Health Practitioners:

  • Tax Rate: US$1500 per month.

5. Real Estate Agents:

  • Tax Rate: US$1500 per month.

Compliance and Reporting

Self-employed professionals are required to comply with the presumptive tax regulations by remitting their taxes by the 30th day after the end of each quarter. Failure to comply can result in penalties and interest charges. Additionally, professionals have the option to maintain proper accounting records and declare their actual income, which may result in a lower tax liability if it is less than the presumptive tax calculated.

Planning for Financial Stability

For self-employed professionals in Zimbabwe, understanding and planning for presumptive tax payments is crucial for financial stability. It’s advisable to set aside the tax amount monthly to avoid lump-sum payments at the end of the quarter. Engaging with a tax advisor or accountant can also provide valuable insights into tax planning and compliance strategies.

The presumptive tax system remains a vital component of Zimbabwe’s economic framework. By familiarizing yourself with these tax rates and categories, you can navigate the tax landscape more effectively, contributing to the growth of your business and the broader Zimbabwean economy.

 

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