2019 Budget Speech Highlights

In her inaugural national budget presentation, Zambian Finance Minister, Honourable Margaret Mwanakatwe, informed the nation that the 2019 budget was framed on building on the firm foundation of the past seven years and tackling the challenges ahead.

The theme of the 2019 National Budget is “Delivering Fiscal Consolidation for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth”.

The budget objectives are as follows:

  • GDP growth of 4%
  • Inflation of between 6% and 8%
  • Reduce the fiscal deficit to 6.5% of GDP from 7.4% in 2018
  • Increase domestic revenue to not less than 18.4% of GDP from 17.7% in 2018
  • Reduce domestic borrowing from 4% to 1.4% of GDP
  • Digitalise the entire revenue collection process in an effort to broaden the tax base and enhance compliance levels
  • Raise international reserves to at least 3 months of import cover
  • The Minister proposed to roll out an increased K86.8 billion budget next year, or 28.9% of GDP, up from K71.6 billion in the 2018 national budget.
  • It is proposed that Value Added Tax (VAT) be abolished and replaced with Sales Tax. Guidance on how the Sales Tax will be administered is yet to be provided. The Sales Tax will be non-refundable, and Government expects the process to be simpler
  • Amendment of the VAT Act to provide for the prosecution of the directors or managers of a company, where the company commits an offence under the VAT Act
  • In 2019, Government will commence with the implementation of the National Health Insurance Act No 2 of 2018 in a phased manner and will ensure universal access to quality healthcare services
  • No changes have been proposed to the existing personal income tax regime, therefore the PAYE bands and rates remain as follows:

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Zambian Finance Minister Hon. Felix Mutati announced measures for the 2018 Tax Year to increase the revenue base to drive sustained inclusive growth and to reduce the national debt burden.

The theme of the 2018 National Budget is “Accelerating fiscal fitness for sustained inclusive growth without leaving anyone behind”.

The highlights are as follows:

  • GDP growth of 5%
  • Inflation of between 6% and 8%
  • Limit the fiscal deficit on a cash basis to 6.1% of GDP
  • The Minister announced a K71.6 billion budget for 2018, of which 68.5% will be financed from domestic revenues
  • Amendment of the due dates for filing of the Value Added Tax (VAT) returns and making payments from the 16th of every month to the 18th
  • It is important that employers note that, as from 1 January 2018, the monthly tax relief of K255 provided to taxpayers for contributing to the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) has been removed
  • The PAYE exempt thresholds remain unchanged as follows:

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