Zambia Delays Sales Tax Implementation Again

Kaitlyn Smethurst
August 8, 2019

[August 5, 2019] On August 2, Zambia’s newly appointed Finance Minister, Bwalya Ng’andu, requested that the Sales Tax Bill be withdrawn from Parliament for consideration. The Sales Tax Bill, which was the initiative made by Zambia to shift from an existing Value Added Tax system to a new Sales Tax structure, was originally supposed to take effect August 1, 2019, however it was then postponed to September 1, 2019. According to Zambian news sources, the Finance Minister is hoping to re-introduce a new Sales Tax Bill in the upcoming September session, which will reintroduce the Sales Tax, and address concerns from the business community regarding this shift.  The Finance Minister has announced that any shift to a Sales Tax system will have an effective date of January 1, 2020 or later. 

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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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