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…
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….
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….
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 taxation should be high on the agenda for Commonwealth leaders
Tax might not be the first thing that comes to mind but it is central to delivering much of the transformative change on the agenda in Kigali, from increasing women’s economic participation to youth entrepreneurship….
Tax justice from the ground up: An interview with SEATINI Uganda
In this blog, the ICTD speaks with Jane Nalunga, Executive Director of SEATINI Uganda to learn…
Tobacco taxation shows insufficient progress in African countries
The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention…
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…
Progress and setbacks on tobacco control in Africa
Rapid population growth, increased advertising by the tobacco industry, and growing tobacco consumption among young people in Africa all contribute to…
Pandora’s box is open: What should lower-income countries do to tax the wealthy now?
The recent Pandora Papers leak has exposed yet again the scandal of how the world’s rich…