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Newsflash Africa 7 October 2022 – Zimbabwe – Mid Year Finance Bill Amendment

Zimbabwe – Mid Year Finance Bill Amendment

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Zimbabwe - Mid Year Finance Bill Amendment

From the Team

October 2022

Finance Bill (No. 9A) 2022 reflects the Finance Bill as finally passed by the National Assembly on Thursday 1st September, sent to the Senate on the same date and considered by the Senate on 6th and 7th September. The Senate passed the Bill but, at the request of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, sent it back to the National Assembly with recommendations that Clauses 2 and 3 be brought into line with the changes to those clauses actually agreed to by the National Assembly.

Clauses 2 and 3 (Income and threshold and bands) proposed to increase both the threshold and the tax bands specifying the rates of income tax, with effect from 1st August 2022. MP’s rejected the Minister’s proposals as utterly inadequate to cope with inflation, and insisted that the amounts be increased. They suggested the threshold be raised from the Minister’s proposed threshold [a monthly income of ZWD 50 000] to ZWD 100 000 per month or even higher; the Minister eventually compromised on increasing the threshold to ZWD 75 000 per month. Proportional changes to the tax bands were agreed.

On 27th September, when the Senate resumed sitting, it duly considered the now twice-amended Bill, was satisfied that its recommended amendments had included and passed the Bill. The Bill is still with the Government Printer for reprinting prior to being submitted to the President for his assent and publication as an Act in the Government Gazette.

No changes were made to the USD Tax tables.

Click here to access the Consolidated Amendment Bill.

Summary of Amendment

Individual Taxation:

Effective from 1 August 2022, the monthly tax free threshold for employees has increased to ZWD 75 000.00.

The 40% marginal rate will be applicable to income above ZWD 1 000 000.00 per month.

The new thresholds and rates, as set out below, are applicable from 1 August to 31 December 2022.

Annual Tax Tables in ZWD:

No changes were made to the USD Tax Tables.

Paymaster Impact

  • Paymaster has implemented the proposed changes in October 2022 and all Zimbabwe local payrolls were recalculated.
  • Please note that these proposed changes are effective for the period 1 August 2022 to 31 December 2022.
  • Manual Tax adjustments are required for the August and September periods.
  • If no adjustment measures are taken for the period of August and September, the employees would need to file a tax return at the end of the tax year in order to rectify their taxes.
  • Please note that the non-cumulative tax method will automatically be applied to all local payrolls to circumvent two tax tables in one tax year.
  • From 1 January 2023, the tax method will automatically switch back to the tax method as selected on the Basic Company Information screen (Customer action: None).
  • In the event where users prefer to remain on the previous rates, manual adjustments should be processed for October.

Lezé Felton

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