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….
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….
High fossil fuel prices are good for the planet – here’s how to keep them high while avoiding riots or hurting the poor
In the UK, it now costs more than £100 to fill up a typical family car with petrol, and oil prices could rise even further. But are such high prices for fossil fuels a bad thing?…
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….
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?…
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….
Ukraine: Sanctioning Russian oligarch’s wealth and the urgent need to reform the offshore financial system
Last week, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) held an event on the global development and…
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…