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….
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?…
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….