Identity issues: four challenges for digital IDs in Africa’s tax systems
From streamlining primary healthcare to amplifying agricultural outcomes, digital IDs matter. Here are some of the reasons why……
How should Africa’s digital payments be taxed?
Africa’s governments need tax revenue to fund everything from education and social welfare to paying international debts. No wonder governments are eyeing digital financial services (DFS) – a rapidly growing, highly profitable industry – for additional revenue….
Tanzania to waive electronic money transfer levy, except on mobile money?
From 1st October 2022 Tanzania eliminated the levies on certain electronic money transfers, but not on mobile money….
New data on the e-levy in Ghana: unpopular tax on mobile money transfers is hitting the poor hardest
In Ghana, the “e-levy” has been linked to the current administration’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” strategy for reducing aid dependence….
Mobile-money taxation in East Africa: Harmonisation or laissez-faire?
Regional tax harmonisation is controversial, with compelling arguments for and against. Is it desirable? Or beneficial? And if so, to whom?…
Ghana’s new e-levy: the sour, sweet and switches so far
Introduced in May 2022, Ghana’s e-levy is a 1.5 per cent tax on the transfer amount of electronic transactions. The objective is to improve tax revenues by tapping into fast-growing digital financial services (DFS). However, many exemptions are applied to the tax design….
To Tax or Not to Tax Mobile Money: The Impact on Digital Financial Services in Africa and Beyond
“Designing better tax policies for DFS requires understanding the factors that enable using DFS, and its potential impacts” writes Adrienne Lees & Philip Mader in their first blog for the ICTD….
How will the E-levy impact the informal sector in Ghana?
The Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy), a 1.5% tax on all electronic transactions, went into effect on the 1st of May amongst considerable uncertainty and controversy….
Taxes as collateral: to risk or de-risk?
Ghana’s Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy), set into implementation on the 1st of May, has been met with heated public criticism….
Uncertainty still dogs Ghana’s Electronic Transfer Levy
Can Ghana’s Electronic Transfer Levy be implemented legally on the 1st of May? And beyond that, how will it work?…
Implementing a systems approach for effective property taxation in Ghana
Ghanaian local governments – metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) – face several challenges preventing them…