Taxation in Burundi

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Burundi’s government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as “voluntary” but condemned by rights groups as “organised robbery”.

Tax revenues in Burundi rose by almost 13 percent last month compared with a year ago, official data showed on Monday, a boost for the economy following a year of unrest linked to the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Aid-dependent Burundi could see its tax revenues rise 10.2 percent to 720.8 billion francs ($466.54 million) in 2015 from last year due to higher tax collection on consumption and improved anti-graft efforts, its revenue board said on Thursday.

Before closing his forex bureau in 2006, Pierre Claver Hakizindavyi, a Burundian entrepreneur, had made profit and decided to reinvest it in the company to increase its capital.

Businesses across the East African Community are calling for reforms in the tax system to ease the cost of doing business across the region.

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