Category: Africa

How major tech companies exploit tax laws: A focus on Ghana and Nigeria

When World Trade Organisation (WTO) officials designed the territorial taxing rights back in the 1920s, not many people imagined that a century later; these guidelines would still underpin the international tax system. Today, highly digitalised companies such as Facebook and Google are able to operate internationally from their tax havens,… – Continue reading

African authorities strive to reduce tax leakages

African tax bodies will mark the 10th anniversary of their umbrella organization, the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), in their efforts to reduce tax leakages. A total of 38 African countries are members of the ATAF, making the organization Africa’s largest body that collectively deals with global tax issues affecting… – Continue reading

Nigeria: Unprecedented Global Drive For Tax Transparency – The Nigerian Perspective

In the last few years, the international tax space has experienced an unprecedented drive to achieve increased transparency in the tax practices of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and individuals in order to curb tax avoidance and evasion. ... - Continue reading

East Africa bloc mulls regional tax treaty framework to boost integration

NAIROBI, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) — The East Africa Community (EAC) bloc plans to develop a regional tax treaty framework to boost regional integration, an official said on Tuesday. Doris Akol, commissioner general, Uganda Revenue Authority told Xinhua in Nairobi that once the treaty is in place the trading bloc will… – Continue reading

Uganda: Don’t Make Up Losses To Avoid Tax

Conflicting interests arise for many businesses where decisions have to be made to determine how they consistently achieve profitability, while on the other hand minimise payment of tax. The temptation to minimise profits or even make a loss then becomes a tax risk management strategy. ... - Continue reading

Nigeria: The FIRS Has Published Regulations On Common Reporting Standard

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has issued the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations, 2019 (CRS Regulations). This follows Nigeria's signing of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MAC) and the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information, signed by Nigeria on 17 August 2017. ... - Continue reading

Mauritius leaks latest reminder of how much we lose to tax havens

Mauritius leaks latest reminder of how much we lose to tax havensA report by Canadians for Tax Fairness Bay Street and Tax Havens revealed how over 90% of Canada’s largest corporations have subsidiaries in tax havens. Ottawa (06 Aug. 2019) — Last month Canadians for Tax Fairness reported that, while… – Continue reading

Tanzanian freelance journalist in court over money laundering, tax evasion

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Tanzanian freelance journalist Eric Kabendera on Monday appeared in court charged with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organized crime. The state prosecution told the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that on diverse dates between January 2015… – Continue reading

Journalists publish details of 200+ companies using offshore law firm, conclude Mauritius promotes tax avoidance

Data on more than 200 companies that engaged the Mauritius office of Conyers Dill & Pearman were published on the internet today by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as a result of leak of confidential information. ... - Continue reading

Nigeria: Reviewing The Implications Of The Revised Transfer Pricing Regulations On Intangibles For Businesses

Intangibles are key sources of differentiation for businesses and typically, they help drive revenue, manage cost or both. As a result, many businesses make significant investments in developing, enhancing, maintaining and protecting unique and valuable intangibles to help drive their businesses. ... - Continue reading

Pagcor: Government not inclined to impose higher taxes on POGOs

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. expressed optimism the government will not impose higher taxes on offshore gaming operators in the country to encourage them to stay here. Pagcor chairman and chief executive Andrea Domingo said at the sidelines of the opening of the first Philippine-Asian Gaming Expo held on… – Continue reading

Mauritius rule changes may hit offshore funds

Funds may lose tax benefit after rule amendment.  Mumbai: The Mauritius government’s proposal to amend tax residency rules for companies is giving jitters to foreign funds operating from the tax haven. Mauritius has recently announced that it is amending rules for determining tax residency for companies so that a company… – Continue reading

India: Bombay High Court Quashes 197 Order Rejecting Mauritius Tax Treaty Benefits

High Court sets aside section 197 order due to absence of prima facie evidence of tax avoidance Rejects factors such as lack of business activities and administrative expenses as conclusive of sham transactions Holds that a detailed inquiry can be conducted during normal assessment Directs refund of withheld tax subject… – Continue reading

Government Should Investigate BAT’s Tax Evasion

Kenya  Tobacco Control Alliance KETCA has today called upon the government to prioritize regulations that enable the  maximization of corporate tax revenue from British American Tobacco (BAT) Company. The  KETCA  Chairman, Joel  Gitali  said that  BAT avoids paying full corporate taxes which would have been used for public  services like… – Continue reading

Revised tax treaties usher in a new era in investment, taxation

Policy tweaks  curb evasion,  show  India  can woo investments without  sops Singapore, another major FDI contributor to India, too, enjoyed the same tax sops under a similar treaty with India NEW DELHI: For about a decade-and-a-half, revenue authorities examining foreign investment proposals received by the erstwhile Foreign Investment Promotion Board… – Continue reading