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ZIMRA is coming for businesses lying about forex earnings

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The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has said that it has set a deadline for the 31st of December 2021 for all companies to voluntarily declare their forex incomings. After that date, the authority says that there will be stiff penalties for absconders.

ZIMRA statement on forex declarations is as follows

Falsification of Forex Declarations

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, (ZIMRA) has noted with concern that there are traders who are falsifying their financial records. ZIMRA is therefore, urging all trades to come forth and make voluntary disclosures of all under declared or non-payment of tax by 31 December 2021 to avoid vigorous audits, prosecution and penalties that will be instituted soon after the deadline. Taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of this window by making voluntary discbsures and payment thereafter.

The current audits being conducted have revealed that:

a) Some businesses are selling goods and services in foreign currency but are not declaring any of their foreign currency transactions for tax purposes as is required by the law.

b) Some businesses are transacting in foreign currency but are converting such transactions to Zimbabwean dollars for tax purposes.

c) Some businesses are transacting in foreign currency but are declaring only a very small portion of their foreign currency sales when paying their taxes.

d) Some businesses sell directly in foreign currency without receipting the foreign currency received and do not include such sales when paying tax.

e) Some businesses receipt forex transactions manually when in fact, the businesses have computer-aided system capacity to receipt in the currency of trade. The proceeds from such manual receipts are not declared for tax purposes.

f) Some businesses receipt foreign currency sales using back offices with stand-alone computers and proceeds that are receipted are not declared for tax purposes.

g) Some businesses have sale points specifically designated for forex transactions that are hidden and recorded sales from such machines are not declared to ZIMRA.

For any clarifications regarding payment of tax in foreign currency, please contact your newest ZIMRA offices. Taxpayers are required to take advantage of this window period to come forward and make voluntary disclosures to avoid unnecessary penalties and possible prosecution if found on the wrong side of the law.

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4 thoughts on “ZIMRA is coming for businesses lying about forex earnings

  1. I am curious to see how they are going to win this fight considering that any business worth its weight will just pass the cost to the consumer which will cause problems further down the line.

  2. Already RBZ is taking 20% on the domestic nostro account on everything transaction. They will convert the money into worthless Zimdollars at the manipulated interbank rate. This has caused serious loses especially on companies transacting through the banks. All prices in the market are using parallel market rates which causing a lot of confusion.

  3. people learnt from the masters. they cant cry foul when business are just following their lead…this is one war they will never win unless they put a zimra official or policeman in each company, but then, those are being greased as well. Until we hv a stable currency it will olwz be cat n mouse

  4. This should surprise no one! Another round of worthless Zimbabwean “currency”, is about to run its course and we’ll soon be back on USD… AGAIN! Still, those stupid enough to keep zpf in place and greedy stupids who mouth the odds about not being allocated a seat and doing their own thing, prove that Zimbabwe really is scraping the sides and bottom of the proverbial barrel now…

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