To prevent price increases, the government is going to give refund of excise duty on fuel consumed by registered businesses in selected sectors of the economy. If implemented well, this essentially means those companies will not be affected by fuel price increases as they will get refunds of the price increment. However, can the government be trusted to give timely refunds without fail? Below is the full press statement.
MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HON. PROF. M. NCUBE ON THE EXCISE DUTY REFUND FRAMEWORK FOLLOWING THE FUEL PRICE INCREASE UNDER STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 9 OF 2019
- This Press Statement is being issued pursuant to the Statement by His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde. E. D. Mnangagwa on the 12th of January 2019.
- As indicated by His Excellency, the persistent shortfall of fuel in the market is attributable to increased fuel usage in the economy, and is compounded by rampant illegal currency and fuel trading activities.
- Consequently, Government has reviewed fuel pump prices to $3. 11 and $3.31 per litre of diesel and petrol, respectively.
- Cognisant of the need to prevent generalized price increases for goods and services following the fuel price adjustments, Government has decided to provide relief through refund of excise duty on fuel consumed by registered businesses in the following sectors:
- Agriculture; and,
- The relief to be provided will be equivalent to the difference between the prevailing rates of excise duty and the rates that were applicable prior to this change.
- In order for businesses to benefit from the relief, businesses will have to meet the following criteria:
- The prices of goods and services by beneficiaries should have not increased relative the latest change in the price of fuel;
- The beneficiaries should be registered and compliant for tax purposes;
- Beneficiaries should be members of recognized business associations; and,
- Beneficiaries should provide evidence of the productive use of the fuel.
- Consultative engagements will be held with the respective sectors, responsible Ministries and the regulatory authorities, with a view to determining modalities of implementing the relief.
- Measures will also be put in place to provide for the smooth implementation of the relief during the transitional period.
- Any abuse through misrepresentations of facts with a view to benefiting from the facility will result in denial of use of the facility, and imposition of a penalty.
- Furthermore, Government would want to urge all business leaders to desist from any form of rampant market indiscipline, and is concerned with the recent unjustified prices increases, which serve to undermine Government efforts to restore macroeconomic stability.
- In the spirit of working together, business should, therefore, complement Government efforts to revive the economy by refraining from any counter-productive measures such as wanton price hikes.
- In this regard, all those who have increased their prices since the latest fuel price review should revert to the pre 12 January 2019 prices, given that Government has already put in place a price adjustment compensatory framework through Refunds.
Hon. Prof. M. Ncube
Minister of Finance and Economic Development
13 January 2019