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…
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?…
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….
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….
How the Taliban’s more effective and ‘fairer’ tax system helped it win control of Afghanistan
When the Taliban dramatically gained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, they used bombs and guns to swiftly overcome state security forces. But they also had another valuable and effective weapon at their disposal: taxes….
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….
Why do armed groups tax? It’s not just about the money
In this blog, the authors argue that revenue is only one of several motives that explain why armed groups tax….
The World Bank and IMF are using flawed logic in their quest to do away with the informal sector
Many low and middle-income countries face a myriad of challenges. But policies that can address them…
Citizen-led financing of public services in fragile contexts: New evidence from Somalia
Two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence….
Would Moroccans accept a state zakat fund? Should they?
Zakat can add up to big money. Although estimates vary, some suggest that global annual zakat…
Informal taxation in Nigeria: Significance, benefits and challenges
Across Nigeria, a journey through rural communities and interaction with community members will expose you to…