Zimbabweans Support Taxation but Perceive Tax Officials as Corrupt, Demand Accountability

"This analysis shows that a majority of Zimbabweans regard the payment of taxes as an obligation of a “good citizen.” Similarly, they affirm the right of tax authorities to collect taxes, although they also express high levels of tolerance for non-payers, and a substantial proportion of citizens challenge the government to look beyond taxation for resources to develop the country. Public perceptions of corruption among tax collectors are high, and a majority of citizens demand that the president explain to Parliament how the government is spending taxpayers’ money. The study brings to the fore that Zimbabweans have difficulties in accessing information about taxes and fees that they owe the government – an information gap that should be addressed so that citizens contribute more to the development of the nation."