ZRA IMPOUNDS ‘ILLEGAL’ HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES

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By BUUMBA CHIMBULU

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has started impounding heavy duty vehicles that were dubiously imported through the misapplication of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Deferment Scheme.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager, Topsy Sikalinda, said they started the impounding exercise yesterday.

Mr Sikalinda said these vehicles included trucks and earth moving machinery.

The ZRA earlier this year announced that over 8, 000 heavy duty vehicles had dubiously entered Zambia through abusing the VAT deferment scheme.

This scheme led to Government losing about K480 million in unpaid taxes.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Sikalinda said ZRA had so far published about 1,000 trucks in the press and that only 430 had responded hence the decision to start impounding the trucks.

Mr Sikalinda said ZRA had already collected K3.1 million from the assessed K13.6 million in principal taxes for the 430 trucks.

“Smuggling of goods through false declarations, transit fraud, misclassifications, under-declarations, and under-valuations is a serious offence and offenders will be dealt with in accordance with the Law,” Mr Sikalinda said.

He said called uon the owners of the vehicles to report at the Inspectorate and Customs Enforcement unit offices immediately to avoid being inconvenienced.

“The ZRA further urges all citizens to pay taxes directly to the authority to avoid being swindled by smugglers pretending to be clearing agents.

“All businesses that acquired these heavy duty trucks and earth moving machinery but did not pay appropriate taxes are urged to comply with this call,” Mr Sikalinda said.

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