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Zambia replaces VAT with Sales Tax 2019

  • Sep 29, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Zambia replaces VAT with Sales Tax 2019

The Zambian government has announced in its 2019 Budget on 28 September a withdrawal of its Value Added Tax.

Plans in the 2019 Budget include removing the 16% VAT, first introduced in 1995. It will be superseded with a Sales Tax, only chargeable to the consumer at the end of the supply chain. The earliest implementation date would be 1 April 2019. The government has committed to paying many millions in VAT credit arrears to businesses, particularly the mining sector.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.