he Zimbabwe Revenue (Zimra) has urged taxpayers to review their tax affairs and make voluntary disclosures in circumstances where there is any income omitted from returns submitted.
Speaking during the official opening of the Marondera office, Zimra commissioner-general Faith Mazani said voluntary compliance from taxpayers would forestall the imposition of fines.
“The intention is to encourage voluntary compliance from taxpayers and avoid charging of penalties, which increases the tax burden and affects business cash flows,” said Mazani.
Mazani said Zimra had invested in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to boost efficiency and improve service delivery to the taxpaying public.
“We are also working on enhancing our ICT capabilities to remove human interface with our staff that promotes rent seeking behaviours, especially at our border posts.
Information on corrupt activities is obtained through our whistle-blower and hotline channels. Lifestyle audits are conducted regularly to identify those living beyond their means to explain the source of their wealth.”
She said they were currently receiving assistance from government in their bid to upgrade boarders.
“All these and other initiatives are part of ZIMRA’s long-term vision of reducing the costs of compliance and ensure that our business people play a significant role in the growth of the economy through tax payment. “
“Zimra used to run a satellite office where our staff would come to for a few days in a month, especially at the end of every month to receive payments of taxes, with taxpayers having to visit Harare or Rusape for service at any other times.
“The opening of the Marondera Office is a significant development for us, which we think will firmly put Mashonaland East as a major player in the development of the local economy through payment of tax.
“For now, the office will provide services to clients who require Domestic Taxes services only.
“Plans are, however, underway to ensure that we offer all our services at this station, including Custom,” added Mazani.