The Ghana e-levy: Can the latest rate reduction win greater public acceptance and increase revenue?
The reduced tax rate on electronic transactions is unlikely to satisfy Ghanaians given the country’s rising inflation…
Taxes on digital financial services in Africa – An unlevel playing field
Taxing transactions made via digital financial services differently from those made via traditional banking services can…
Mobile money tax: Is there a gender gap?
Gender and tax: As Africa increasingly introduces specific taxes on digital financial services (DFS) such as mobile money, do DFS taxes exacerbate or reduce gender inequality?…
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….
African governments hope digital taxes will fill a budget hole
Republished from The Economist with permission. The digital economy is bringing Africans together. The same cannot…
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….