Tax rebate for Zim health workers

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo : Committee For a Workers' International

Harare, Zimbabwe (ADV) – The Zimbabwean government has extended a tax rebate for health services staff as the country moves to cushion workers with non-monetary incentives from the biting economic challenges.

The statutory instrument on the tax rebate was published last Friday in the Government Gazette by Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube in terms of the Customs and Excise Act, The Herald reported.

“ . . . A rebate of duty shall be granted in respect of one motor vehicle imported or taken out of bond by a serving Public Health worker below the Deputy Director grade in Zimbabwe who is employed by the Health Service Board and grant aided health facilities for a period of not less than two years and is not under any disciplinary proceedings or on full Manpower Development leave, if such motor vehicle is (a) procured using loan availed under the Health Service Vehicle Loan Scheme managed through CMED Private Limited and (b) intended solely for the private use of the serving health worker and not for commercial or trade purposes,” reads the SI.

According to The Herald, the statutory instrument empowered the Secretary for Health and Secretary for Finance and Economic Development to approve granting of a rebate of duty to junior doctors who had been in service for a period of less than two years.

Health workers can import vehicles costing between US$30 000 and US$3 500 depending with the grades.

Health services workers have to apply to be considered as a beneficiary, get a recommendation letter from the secretary responsible for Health confirming employment, an approval letter from secretary responsible for Finance and Economic Development, a copy of the intended beneficiary’s driver licence, a pro-forma invoice, a bill of landing for the motor vehicle being imported and approval letter from CMED Private Limited for the loan in the case of funding from the CMED Health Service Loan Scheme.

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