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Application procedures for tax incentives


Investors may apply for corporate tax exemption after fulfilling the following conditions:

  • Invest at least 75% of the capital specified in the Business plan/feasibility study;
  • Start business operation

The application must be accompanied with:

  • Audited Final Accounts
  • Progress Report of the project
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • Valid Business license

Please note: Application for Corporate Tax exemption shall be made in the first year of business operation.


Investor shall submit to ZIPA Bill of Quantity and a list of all capital goods to be imported as well as to be purchased locally for consideration and where appropriate be granted exemption. The list should be submitted in both hard and soft copy.

Exemption of Import duties

For each consignment of approved imported materials, investor may apply for exemption in writing to ZIPA at least 2 weeks before arrival of goods in Zanzibar and submit together with the application 2 sets of the following documents:

  • Bill of Lading/Air way Bill/Consignment notes/Local sale advise
  • Customs Single Bill of Entry
  • Invoice and
  • Packing list

Value Added Tax  Relief on local purchase

For every goods to be purchased locally, investor may apply for Value Added Tax (VAT) relief to ZIPA and submit two sets of the following:

  • A dully filled Value Added Tax form issued by Zanzibar Revenue Board
  • Two copies of pro forma invoice

Note:  Investor shall pay 5% of the amount exempted to ZIPA as service charge, except for  Strategic investment.

Get in touch

For inquiries, comments and advice please contact us at the following address:

Executive Director
Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority (ZIPA)
Maruhubi Complex - Zanzibar
United Republic of Tanzania
Phone: +255 24 2233026; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Working Hours: Mon - Fri: 07:30 am - 03:30 pm

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