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ZIMRA online tax filing system is down, tax clearance moved offline as authority deals with technical fault

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In 2016 The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) did everyone handling taxes a favour by migrating the process for applying for tax clearance certificates (called ITF 263s) online. This was part of an ambitious and welcome strategy to move all its key services online.

Unfortunately, that’s also exposed the process to the perils of technical faults. Over the past few days, visitors to ZIMRA’s online tax filing system ( haven’t been able to go beyond the login page.

After entering credentials users are met with a banner message notifying them of the fault, instead of being directed to the page that handles the application for the ITF 263s.

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Some users of the system have registered complaints with ZIMRA on Facebook and according to ZIMRA the downtime has been caused by system congestion.

So far ZIMRA’s  suggested solution for people faced with this challenge has been to try to complete the process during off-peak periods.

If this doesn’t work the other solution (which has been suggested by other frustrated users) is to go to offline, essentially to ZIMRA and go through the whole process in person.

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4 thoughts on “ZIMRA online tax filing system is down, tax clearance moved offline as authority deals with technical fault

  1. Is it because they sacked all the IT managers, who went away with passowrds which they are using to log back in and crushing th systems?

  2. Even offline doesn’t help either though I finally managed to get mine at 2246hrs

  3. I can’t believe this I that that maybe my laptop have a problem instead I spent the whole of last week trying to no avail.when is the system going to be OK?

  4. this online thing doesn’t work at all. Every submission i want to do I know I will have to notify/fone them of the failure to submit and their answer is “u have to do it manually, bring the papers to our office”

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