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By Phillip Chichoni
The heat-wave that was hitting the country in the past two months has finally been cooled by the heavy rains which started this week. Farmers finally heaved sighs of relief. So did other business operators in upstream and downstream industries.
After a storm, a familiar sound emerges: frogs croaking in the darkness. Last night for me was particularly loud. It seemed there were thousands of frogs chorusing across the whole neighborhood. And it reminded me of Brian Tracy’s book Eat that Frog. This book gave me a fresh perspective on how to work productively, effectively solve problems and achieve important goals.
Your frog is any task that is unpleasant, boring or difficult that you have no choice but to do. You may try and avoid it for as long as possible but doing so sets you back in your business and in your life.
What are your frogs?
Brian says do not waste time chasing tadpoles or baby frogs. (Like reading newspapers or visiting Facebook first thing in the morning.) Start by eating the biggest, ugliest frogs you face. In other words, start with the most important tasks; usually these are difficult or boring but have a bigger payoff in terms of growing your business or accelerating your personal growth.
Don’t waste time starring at the frog. Jump in and devour it straight away before you change your mind or procrastinate. If the frog is too big, cut it up and eat it piece by piece, starting with the head.
Set you mind to do and finish that important task before going on to other menial ones which add little value.
For every task you have to do, ask yourself what value it is adding to your profit and growth. Are there no other more important tasks that you should be doing that add more value? Delegate or postpone lower value tasks until you accomplish the more value adding ones.
Go on, select your biggest and ugliest frog and get your teeth into it. At the end of the day you should be able to shout: Wow, I ate so many frogs, what a ride!
Have a great day
NOTE: Zimra has introduced a new electronic filing system, which will become mandatory to everyone starting from January. Tax clearances will be issued through the new system. Start upgrading to the e-filing system now and avoid unnecessary withholding tax deductions if you don’t have a tax clearance in January. Call us if you need assistance in this regard on 04-700812 / 0777 774 007 or visit our offices at the address below.
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With special emphasis on the business success drivers of marketing and sales.
Objective of the workshop: To help SME owners and executives set high level business goals and develop a killer strategic plan to achieve them.
We will show you how to use our 8-set strategic tool to achieve growth in a highly competitive market and put in place mechanisms that will ensure you achieve your business goals.
If you want to remain in business in 2016 and beyond, you will not want to miss this 4-hour workshop.
Date: Thursday 26 November, 2015
Time: 0830 – 1230
Venue: Park View Restaurant, 137 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, inside Harare Gardens, entrance opposite American Embassy.
Parking is available for free.
Fee: $49, includes workshop, materials, handouts, tea, refreshments and lunch. (BusinessLink magazine subscribers get $10 discount)
Limited space, so book and pay early. Pay at our office, 3rd Floor Merchant House, 2nd Street / Robson Manyika Road, Harare, before 24 November. Phone 04-700812 or 0777 774 007.
Workshop presenters: Phillip Chichoni, a strategic business planning consultant and founder of BusinessLink, and Fitzgerald Mujuru, a sales and marketing expert and coach.
0830- 0845 Registration and Welcome
0845-0930 No Winning Without Goals
0930-1015 The Key Drivers of Business Success
1015- 1030 Tea break
1030-1145 Using the 8-set Strategic Tool to Ensure You Achieve Your Business Goals
1145-1230 Brilliant Sales and Customer Care Strategies for Winners
1230- Workshop ends, Lunch and networking
By Phil Chichoni
As we approach year-end, most businesses will start rushing to renew their tax clearances, which all expire on 31 December 2015. Companies that wish to participate in the supply of goods and services to big companies will especially want their tax clearances early in order to be included in their Approved Supplier Lists. If you miss out in applying in January then you will not be able to do business with major companies for the whole of 2016, which could cost you big opportunities.
What is tax clearance why does every business need one?
A tax clearance certificate is a document issued by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority certifying that a business or an individual in business is in compliance with the tax laws of the country. It states that “your tax position is satisfactory and therefore no 10% should be deducted”.
Under Zimbabwean tax laws, if you supply a product or service to a business or state enterprise, you must produce a valid tax clearance certificate. If you fail to produce one, then enterprises you supply are required to deduct 10% of the gross value of your invoice and submit it to Zimra. Considering the low profit margins in business today, this 10% can plunge you into a loss.
You don’t only need tax clearance in order to avoid suffering the 10% deduction. You also need it if you want to do business with most big and medium enterprises that insist in dealing only with tax compliant suppliers. Most are forced by their corporate governance policies to deal only with tax compliant businesses, while other do not want to be bothered with the paper work and labour involved in deducting the 10% and sending it to Zimra.
So, you better be tax compliant if you want to grow in business in 2016.
How to get the 2016 tax clearance
Everyone, individuals, companies, partnerships and cooperatives, who want to venture into any business are required to register with ZIMRA and comply with all obligations as stipulated in the legislation.
Here are the requirements for an individual:
• Copy of current Bank Statement
• Certified copy of Identity Document
• Proof of residence in the form of utility bills
• Sales invoices for Income tax registration
• Payroll schedule for PAYE registration
• Completed REV1 form, available from the Zimra website
The requirements for a company are as follows:
• Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
• Copy of Memorandum of Association ,CR14 and CR6
• Copy of a current Bank Statement for the company
• Copy of a current Bank Statement of one of the Directors, who will be the Public Officer
• Certified copy of Identity Documents for any two Directors
• Completed REV1 form for the company, available from the Zimra website
• Completed REV1 form for the Public Officer
• Proof of residence for the two Directors and for the Public Officer in the form of utility bills
• Sales invoices, lease agreement or proof of stock for Income Tax registration
• Payroll schedule for PAYE registration
• Letter appointing Public Officer stating Name, Identity Number, Residential Address and statement to the effect that the Public Officer is a signatory to the company’s bank account. (The Public Officer should be a Zimbabwean resident.)
You submit these documents at your nearest Zimra office. After the documents have been processed, you will be allocated a Business Partner (BP) number, which will be your identifying number for all transactions with Zimra. You will also be allocated a tax clearance certificate, which will declare you a tax compliant business or individual. From then on, you need to pay all the required taxes and submit the appropriate returns to Zimra.
Related article, to appear in next week’s newsletter: HOW TO REGISTER FOR VAT IN ZIMBABWE.
If you need more detailed information on this and other tax related issues, get a copy of the book A Simplified Guide to Taxes for SMES, available from SME BusinessLink, call 04-700812 or 0777 774 007, and you will also get a free one year subscription to BusinessLink magazine which has lots more business advice and ideas.
Have a great day
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