Magaya’s Church In Court Over $29 Million Tax Evasion

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministries has been charged for breaching Value Added Tax (VAT) regulations on nearly $29 million. The State says the money was generated from the sale of church wares over four years.

Magaya was absent from the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday where the matter was remanded to February 28 for trial. The complainant in the matter is the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) which was represented by its chief investigations officer, Tinashe Madakadze.

The State says PHD raises revenue from selling church regalia, anointing oil and holy water, as well as from a guest house which is widely known as Yadah Hotel. Prosecutor Peter Kachirika alleged that sometime in October 2018, Zimra had conducted tax investigations on PHD and recovered financial statements from the church for the period 2013 to 2017. Zimra had also recovered financial statements from the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe, which were submitted by PHD for a loan application.

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The statements showed that PHD had allegedly made sales amounting to $28,7 million between 2013 and 2017. It was further alleged that during the same period, PHD had paid remuneration amounting to $950 522 to the clergyman’s wife, Tendai Magaya. The State also accused PHD of also transferring remuneration of US$2,4 million to Magaya’s own bank account without paying the due Pay As You Earn (Paye) tax.

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Prophetic Healing and DeliveranceZimbabwe Revenue AuthorityTendai Magaya

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (P.H.D) is a Christian religious organisation founded in 2010 and led by Walter Magaya who is a self-proclaimed prophet. The organisation rose to prominence around 2012 when it was increasingly reported that the membership was growing very fast and widespread... Read More About Prophetic Healing and Deliverance

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is a government department which is responsible for the collection of state revenue in form of excise duty, customs duty, road tolls, corporate and civil taxes. In addition, it also facilitates trade, offers fiscal advise to the government as well as... Read More About Zimbabwe Revenue Authority

Tendai Magaya is wife to the prominent religious leader and founder of PHD Ministries Prophet Walter Magaya. Read More About Tendai Magaya

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Magaya’s Church In Court Over $29 Million Tax Evasion