A presentation by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Commissioner-General Faith Mazani at an annual general meeting that took place yesterday, states that 601 cases were investigated in 2019 in plugging revenue leakages in the country.
A total of $153.78 million was identified for recovery and the recovery is still going on according to the presentation by Mazani.
The taxman that uses Monetary and Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act to seize and attach properties acquired through fraudulent means, won the first ‘historic” asset forfeiture case in the second quarter of 2020.
A former ZIMRA revenue officer Kennedy Nyatoti, this year had a US$150 000 mansion and a US$10 000 car forfeited to the state after failing to explain how such proper was afforded.
Special Post Clearance Audit on imported Luxury Motor Vehicles was carried out in 2019 according to Mazani’s presentation.
This ended up with 485 vehicles with irregular import documents unearthed and investigations and recoveries are ongoing.
Such irregularities in import documents have potential prejudice valued at US$70 million.
Towards the end of 2019, ZIMRA’s loss control department is said to have detected a scam where car dealers understated their vehicle value on importing into Zimbabwe.
ZIMRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (ZACC) in a partnership to combat corruption.
The authority, last year, collected net revenue of $23.19 billion against the target of $18.6 billion.