Revenue Statistics in Africa/Statistiques des Recettes Publiques en Afrique 1990-2014

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1 April 2016

Rising tax revenues are key to economic development in African countries

Tax revenues in African countries are rising as a proportion of national incomes, according to the inaugural edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa. The report, which contains internationally comparable revenue data for eight African countries, accounting for almost a quarter of Africa's total GDP was launched on Sunday 3 April in Addis Ababa during the 2016 African Union (AU) – Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Ministers.




The current Executive Master's in Taxation (EMT) programme cooperation with BSEL and Witwatersrand University terminates at the end of the 2015/2016 academic year. The new EMT programme for 2016/2017 offered by ATAF and GIZ, supported by BMZ and EU, will commence at the end of 2016.

We will inform you on the application process and deadlines in due time after a tender process for the university cooperation, which is currently conducted by GIZ and ATAF, has been completed.

For further information, please contact or visit our website




ATAF Statement on the Panama Papers

7 April 2016


The revelations this week on what is known as the Panama Papers has huge implications for tax and the debate on illicit financial flows from the African continent.

The Panama Papers are a leak of 11.5 million files from the database of the world's fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca.  The scale of the Panama leak is unprecedented and provides further evidence of the enormity of the tax lost through tax evasion.  It further demonstrates the great need for African countries to take more action to counter the losses they are suffering due to tax evasion through individuals illegally moving funds out of African countries.









International Public Tender Ref. No. 01/AT/16



You can access the tender notice here




African Tax Administration Forum

Regional Institutional Support Project on Public Financial Governance (RISPFG)

1. The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has received a grant from the African Development Fund to finance the Regional Institutional Support Project on Public Financial Governance (RISPFG).

2. The principal objectives of this project is to: Promote efficiency, transparency and accountability in management of public resources. The project specifically aims at supporting the African Tax Administration Forum in strengthening the tax administration reforms through technical assistance, knowledge and advisory services and peer learning among community of tax practitioners in RMCs.

The mode of Procurement to be used are:  Quality Cost Based Selection (QCBS), Least Cost Selection (LCS), Individual Consultants, and ATAF Rules & Procedures.

3.  The project includes the following components:

- Improving tax administration and domestic resource mobilization capacity.
- Project management support

4. Acquisition of the services for Consultants will follow the Bank's Procurement Policy for Bank Group Funded Operations approved in October 2015 and ATAF Rules & Procedures. Bidding documents are expected to be available in July 2016.

5. Interested bidders may obtain further information, and should confirm their interest, by contacting :

The African Tax Administration Forum
333 Grosvenor Street, 2nd Floor, Hatfield Gardens, Block G, Hatfield, RSA
Itumeleng Mataboge
Telephone: +27 12 451 8830


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Official Launch of The 1st Edition, 27 June 2016

Download here:

Main Report

Highlight Report 

Data collection a prerequisite for revenue collection in African countries


Lancement Officiel de la 1ere Edition des PFA, 27 juin 2016

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Rapport Principal

Rapport sur les Faits Saillants

La collecte de données, condition préalable pour le recouvrement des recettes dans les pays africains




Durban gears up for continental tax indaba

22 September 2016

The fourth African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) General Assembly is scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa from 3-7 October 2016 as the continent's heads of tax administrations meet to map out ways of optimally leveraging Africa's untapped tax base. The conference will run under the theme: ""Harnessing the African Cash Economy: Contributing Towards Expansion of the African Tax Base."

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Consultancy opportunity at the ATAF Secretariat

Directorate: ATAF Research

Job function: Consultants

African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) will be embarking on a 2 to 3-year project on trade mispricing in order to guide countries on how to address trade mispricing issues in a targeted and effective way. The project will enable ATAF to technically assist its member countries in analysing and better understanding their country-specific challenges, identifying weaknesses and effectively addressing them. This will enhance the ability of the African countries to reduce illicit financial flows in line with the Sustainability Development Goals, and to better mobilise domestic resources for development.

      ATAF Trade Mispricing Project_Advert.pdf





ATAF is very proud of Anne Wanyangathi Maina, graduate of the 2014-2015 Executive Master's in Taxation Programme, for winning a Best Paper Award with her paper "Are presumptive taxes the answer to informal sector taxation in Kenya?" in the category "Tax Base Enhancement" at the 2nd KRA Annual Tax Summit (17-19 October 2016). Congratulations Anne Wanyangathi Maina, you have proven that there is always a reward for hard work and dedication. We hope that this will encourage other former and current EMT students to follow Anne Wanyangathi Maina's pace and to continue working on innovative research topics relevant to their sending institutions and identifying relevant platforms to share their research outcomes.



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24 Oct.16 

The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) elected a new governing Council to lead the organisation for the next two years at its recently ended fourth General Assembly held in Durban, South Africa. Nigeria, represented by Mr Babatunde Fowler the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) of Nigeria was elected chair of the Council. Other members of the Council elected were Mauritius as vice chair, Uganda, Burundi, Swaziland, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania. South Africa holds a permanent seat on the ATAF Council.


African Tax Administration Forum elects new Council.pdf



The website Administrator will be responsible for developing and implementing the communications and marketing strategy by efficiently developing and maintaining all aspects the ATAF's websites in English, French, and Portuguese and maintaining all aspects of ATAF's online presence including Mobile Applications. This person will work closely with the technical teams from various units and supplier organizations to maintain website and mobile applications standards with regard to new developments. The administrator will also be responsible for crafting site promotions, email newsletters, web-based communication online outreach campaigns and consolidate data from various applications. The ideal candidate should also have experience managing online marketing and outreach campaigns, mobile applications and website management, content management, social media, give support to mobile applications and website requirements of core business divisions. Tasks require a strong attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines.

Open the full advert here 15112016 - Job Advertisement - Website Administrator.pdf



Summary Brief:   English  French

Media Release

ATAF-ICTD Working Paper "Unlocking the Potential of Administrative Data in Africa: Tax Compliance and Progressivity in Rwanda"

Summary:  This paper is the first in a series of three studies looking at tax compliance using administrative data from Rwanda. It discusses the use of administrative data for tax research – specifically anonymised taxpayers records, which have become increasingly available on the African continent. The paper starts by critically summarising the key advantages and disadvantages of using this data for tax research in Africa. It proceeds to illustrate these opportunities and challenges in practice, using the case of Rwanda for application of the data to analyse tax compliance and progressivity. By doing this it shows some stylised facts – for example that tax systems designed to be progressive can still be regressive in practice, that a great share of tax revenue is generated by a few very large taxpayers, and that some taxpayers face a negligible probability of being audited. Although these results are specific to Rwanda, they are in line with the situation in other low-income countries in Africa.



ATAF-ICTD Working Paper "The Carrot and the Stick: Evidence on Voluntary Tax Compliance from a Pilot Field Experiment in Rwanda"

Summary:  Large-scale field experiments on tax compliance have been a thriving field of research in many regions of the world. However, Africa is still lagging behind, as administrative data from anonymised returns is available only in a handful of countries. To the best of our knowledge, there is as yet no published evidence of a tax field experiment from Africa. This paper reports the results of a pilot experiment in Rwanda that served as a stepping stone for a larger experimental study on tax compliance. In this pilot, we test the process of messaging taxpayers to encourage them to comply voluntarily, by providing information on sanctions. The results indicate that communication strategies that aim to inform taxpayers may be effective in increasing tax compliance. However, these results are only indicative. They will be complemented by further evidence from the larger field experiment, where we test different types of messages and delivery methods. Nonetheless, this paper provides some initial insight into the use of tax experiments in Africa, both in terms of initial evidence and lessons learned for future efforts in this field.







Monday 15th to Thursday 18th May 2017
Venue: Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam

Closing date for application: 28th February 2017

The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) are leading centres of expertise on taxation and development and would like to invite applicants to apply for the Tax and Development Short Course scheduled for Monday 15th to Thursday 18th May 2017. The course is aimed at a broad, non-technical audience and will include those interested in working on tax matters, or those who have recently started working on tax either marginally or as a core part of their work; those who are active in the broad area of public economics and public finance or working on tax or related issues.

The course is taught in English and to derive the maximum benefit from the course, we do not require any previous knowledge of taxation, but current or perspective engagement in this area would allow participants to derive maximum benefit.

Read more.... Tax and Development Short Course.pdf

Cost of participation

 - 250 USD

Participants are invited to contact for more information about the fees and the mode of payment.

How to apply Register here

Closing date for application: 28th February 2017




English...ATRN Capacity Building.pdf

French... ATRN Capacity Building.pdf

Apply here Cliquez ici pour soumettre votre candidature

Deadline for applications is the 20 March, 2017
La date limite pour les demandes est le 20 mars 2017





The African Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) herewith invites bids/requests for proposal from competent service providers to provide enterprise risk management services for the African Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF).




Closing date: Wednesday, 17 Feb 2017 at 12:00.



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