Zimbabwe Signs Agreement Enabling Collection of Taxes From Crypto and E-Commerce Entities

The Zimbabwean government recently said it had entered into an agreement with the British Virgin Islands-based Daedalus World Limited wherein the latter is expected to collect taxes from companies that offer

“betting, gaming and cryptocurrency services to persons and organisations within the territory of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

According to a News24 report, the inclusion of crypto assets in the tax list is the latest signal from the Zimbabwean government suggesting the country is gradually changing its stance on cryptocurrencies. The country’s monetary authorities had previously said that Zimbabwe was not planning to adopt cryptocurrencies.

Despite these past pronouncements by the central bank and others, a general notice published by the information technology minister Jenfan Muswere may suggest the government has had a change of heart. The November 19 general notice states:

“The Republic of Zimbabwe entered into a public-private partnership agreement with Daedalus World Limited of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, in terms of which Daedalus World Limited will assist the Republic of Zimbabwe by providing a revenue collection service through taxing qualifying companies that provide digital advertising, content, cloud computing, e-commerce [and] gambling.”

Meanwhile, a News24 report states that internet giants like Google, Youtube, and Facebook will be targeted as part of Daedalus World Limited’s tax revenue collection agreement with the government.