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Zimbabwe 2019 Budget Highlights

Highlights of the 2019 budget speech delivered by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube:

  • Budget deficit of $1,5 billion or 5% of GDP
  • Growth in 2019 at about 3,1%
  • Total revenues for 2019 projected at $6,6 billion
  • Total expenditures for 2019 projected at $8,16 billion
  • Inflationary pressure to stabilise in 2019
  • Increase excise duty on cigarettes from US$20 to US$25 per 1000 sticks
  • Introduce customs duty on motor vehicles and other selected goods in foreign currency
  • Companies that collect VAT or any other taxes in United States dollars or any other currency to remit VAT using the same mode of payment
  • Increase Excise Duty by 7 cents per litre on diesel & paraffin and 6.5 cents on petrol to reduce the arbitrage opportunities.

Tax Relief Measures:

  • Review the tax-free threshold from US$300 to US$350 and further widen the tax bands from US$351 to US$20,000, above which income is taxed at the highest marginal tax rate of 45%
  • Provide for further exemptions from the 2% Intermediated Money Transfer Tax
  • Suspend customs duty and also exempt from VAT, sanitary ware products for a period of 12 months
  • Suspension of customs duty on selected goods used by the physically challenged persons
  • Redirect 5% of Third Party Insurance Cover to an Accident Compensation Fund

Government Ministries and Departments to remit all revenue collected into the Consolidated Revenue Fund


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