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Zim govt to collect VAT from Netflix subscription fees

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In a move that shouldn’t be all too surprising the Zimbabwean government will be collecting Value Added Tax (VAT) from Netflix subscriptions.

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Starting March 5, 2021, a value-added tax (VAT) will be included in your Netflix price. Your monthly price including tax will be US$8.99

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Seeing as the baseline package in Zimbabwe costs US$7.99, this means the government will be netting US$1.00 in VAT.

Déjà vu

Earlier on I said that this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because (and firstly) Mthuli Ncube mentioned adding VAT to digital services and platforms in the 2019 National Budget Statement. And in August last year that came full circle when Facebook announced that it will be charging VAT for Ads in Zimbabwe.

VAT now extending to Netflix means that the govt is making significant progress with adding the charge to online services and platforms.

I for one thought that VAT for international platforms and services was going to hug close to things like Ad services and the likes. I certainly didn’t expect Netflix to be the next one on the list. Well, not for a little while.

All that being said the tax won’t affect Netflix in any way. VAT is charged to the ordinary Zimbabwean and we made a video about it when Facebook announced that it will be adding VAT to Ad charges. You can check that out in the link below:


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  • Vatotanga vanhu vaya. Kungoba mari chte

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  • Having just checked my Netflix account, Vat was actually charged from 1 Jan 2021.

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  • Not shocking at all, last year USA began charging sales tax on digital subscriptions aswell.Fewer consumers are buying tangible commodities in the entertainment industry.. Most use streaming so it wasnt going to take long for the tax man to adjust to that.

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