Overview of VAT in Africa

The multiplicity of Value Added Tax (VAT) systems across Africa exposes multinational companies to tax risk, errors and inconsistencies in the application of the law.

Most of Africa's 54 countries have VAT systems in place which foreign investors and businesses cannot afford to be ignorant about.

A potentially lucrative deal in Africa can easily turn sour if the parties do not take into account the potential liability for VAT registration or the basic structure of VAT in the relevant country.