A FRENCH owned international news agency, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) has been penalised for tax evasion by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), The Herald has established.
Sources at ZIMRA confirmed that the AFP breached Customs Duty and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax heads.
The AFP is partly owned by the French government.
The agency breached PAYE tax head by paying their Harare based journalists part salaries in South Africa depriving ZIMRA of revenue.
On Customs Duty tax head, the AFP was penalised for importing computers and cameras without paying duty and prejudiced the Government of revenue.
It was established that the AFP allegedly abused the diplomatic bag at the French embassy to bring equipment without paying duty.
“It is true that AFP was penalised for tax evasion,” said a source at ZIMRA who spoke to The Herald on condition of anonymity.
“The AFP paid the penalty for evading tax.”