Everyone must pay taxes

HARARE - Reports that the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, the body responsible for collecting tax is probing the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Authority (ZBC) management to see if they were paying their taxes is welcome news to many Zimbabweans.

Many must be quacking in their boots at Pockets Hill and elsewhere in the nation.

Information minister Jonathan Moyo, sent top management at the State broadcaster on forced leave and fired the entire board pending investigations into their employment contracts.

Cuthbert Dube,who chaired the ZBC board and was chief executive officer of health insurance provider Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas), was later found to have been earning a monthly salary of $230 000 by December last year at Psmas will also be probed together with his colleagues in the ousted board.

While ZBC top management  gobbled up $800 000 of the $1 million total salary bill, Happison Muchechetere earned as mush as $40 000 a  month, with an entertainment allowance of $3 000 and another $2 500 for domestic workers among other perks.

While all this was happening, the broadcasters’ junior workers had gone for 6 months without pay. Now the chickens have come home to roost.

Every country in the world expects all citizens who earn an income to meet their tax obligations regardless of who they are.

We have read time and time again cases of US celebrities, among them Wesley Snipes and Bob Marley’s daughter-in-law Lauryn Hill, who have served time for tax evasion.

Tax dodging is regarded as a serious crime because the State cannot provide basic services like healthcare, roads and policing without citizens doing their part.

In many cases, the more money people earn, the more they should be taxed because they exact a heavy burden on the State.

This should sound a warning to the many other parastatal employees who have awarded themselves astronomic salaries.

The axe is surely on the way and the taxman is likely to demand his long overdue pound of flesh and heads are likely to roll.

Many Zimbabweans will be waiting with bated breath to see whether people who thought their services were worth so much, remembered their obligations to the State  and fellow citizens.

Comments (1)

first everyone must be paid first

vimbai - 26 February 2014

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