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Vol 55 No 7

Published 4th April 2014


Taxing troubles

Tax reforms – which almost doubled state revenues over the last three years – are at risk from Bujumbura's elite and disorganised aid groups

What is going wrong with Burundi's impressive tax reforms? Insiders say that corrupt politicians and business people have been fighting back, trying to get exemptions and write-offs. Until recently, the reforms had been a great success, increasing revenues by 86% between 2010 and 2013. It was an impressive achievement for a country rated by Transparency International in 2010 as the most corrupt in East Africa. The same survey rated the old Burundian tax office as the region’s most corrupt institution, exceeding even the infamy of the Kenya Police.

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