Taxation in Burundi

Previously in Burundi people never used to pay taxes following civil war disruptions, tax collection system was so riddled with loopholes, it was not until in 2009 when the country started stabilizing politically and economically that Burundi Revenue authority (OBR) was established in 2009 with assistance from the British government’s DFID aid wing and then through an organization called TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) which is helping East African Community (EAC) states modernize and integrate their economic infrastructure.

In the past the tax payment was something of a lottery with individuals and businesses striking private and corrupt deals with the customs authorities and tax offices.

There was so much fraud and cheating going on in the tax areas, as much in customs duties as in tax returns, but now revenue has gone up by nearly 40% in a year.


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