Postponement of Sales Tax in Zambia

Kaitlyn Smethurst
April 5, 2019

As a part of the 2019 Budget address, Zambia’s Ministry of Finance Margaret Mwanakatwe previously announced that the nation was switching from a VAT system to a non-refundable sales tax regime starting on April 1, 2019. Despite this announcement, the Minister of Finance announced at the end of last week that in order to allow for further legislative change and action to take place, this shift from VAT to sales tax in Zambia will be delayed further until July 1, 2019. It is anticipated that all of the legislative changes necessary to make this shift a reality will be completed in June 2019. It is expected that Minister Mwanakatwe will release an official statement detailing the plan for sales tax, shortly. 

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Kaitlyn Smethurst

Katie Smethurst is a Regulatory Counsel at Sovos. Within Sovos’ Regulatory Analysis function, Katie focuses on global sales tax and VAT issues, supporting both the tax determination and reporting engines. Katie received her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Roger Williams University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bars.
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