Zimra bosses in tax evasion scandal

A forensic audit by HLB Zimbabwe revealed that Zimra bosses, among them suspended Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi, evaded paying tax on some of their employment benefits, prejudicing the Government of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The auditors said Comm-Gen Pasi declined to pay his tax obligations arising from his unwarranted board fees between 2011 and 2013 and as a consequence, $9 119.37 in unpaid Pay As You Earn and Aids Levy accrued.

The auditors also found that Zimra Director for Human Resources and Administration, Ms Christine Msemburi evaded paying tax during her secondment to the Regional Office for Capacity Building in Kenya from October 2012 to September 2015. The audit reveals she earned income in excess of $850 000 from Zimra, which should have attracted income taxes approximately $350 000.

The audit report revealed that Zimra executives earned about $15 million in salaries and employment benefits between December 2014 and May 2016.

More: Herald


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