Zimbabwean Court Annuls 2% Digital Transactions Tax

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 A Zimbabwean High Court nullified a 2% digital transactions tax imposed almost a year ago by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, state-owned Herald newspaper reported.

High Court Judge Happious Zhou set aside the electronic tax on Wednesday following an appeal. Zimbabwe’s Treasury collects an average of Z$100 million ($7.24 million) monthly from the tax introduced last October, according to the Treasury.

In June, the southern African nation collected Z$1.31 billion, of which Z$163.6 million was from the electronic tax, compared with a budget of Z$95 million, according to the Treasury’s latest Consolidated Financial Revenue report.

“Ncube imposed a tax without a legal instrument, and he also overrode parliament, which had a transnational tax in 2010,” former finance minister Tendai Biti, who filed the court challenge, said by phone.

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