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…
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…
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…
The Zakat as a means of wealth redistribution: What role for the state?
While many economists and politicians have begun to talk seriously about using wealth taxes to raise…
Open Societies, Tax, and the British Aid Programme
What is the connection between taxation and more open societies that the British aid programme aims…
The Addis Tax Initiative Declaration 2025: Renewing commitment for action on domestic revenue mobilisation
It is widely recognised that “business as usual” will not close the estimated financing gap of…