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VAT in Africa

Moving towards a united Africa

Explore the application of VAT in 41 countries in Africa in our 2021 Africa VAT Guide, available now.

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West Africa Region

It is a great pleasure to share the seventh edition of PwC’s Africa VAT Guide. This edition has been compiled by our indirect tax experts and covers a total of 41 African countries.

For this edition, we’ve chosen the theme of Moving towards a united Africa. Without taking away from the disruption and difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition focuses on Africa’s journey into the future.

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It is for this reason that we have paid special attention to forward-looking topics such as the taxation of emerging technology ecosystems, the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) and compliance-related initiatives such as the adoption of real-time VAT reporting and data analysis.

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We hope you find our analysis insightful. Please note that it is based on tax laws in force as at 1 April 2021. 


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Key findings

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Rates and scope

Standard VAT rates for each country on all the taxable supplies.

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VAT compliance

How compliance in VAT is treated in each country.

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Specific VAT rules

Taking a look at some of the VAT rules in line with debts, land and buildings, leasing and other factors.

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Other indirect taxes

Some countries have other indirect taxes charged on goods.


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Job Kabochi

Job Kabochi

Partner, Africa Indirect Tax Services Leader, PwC Kenya

Tel: +254 (0) 20 285 5000

Lorna Onduu

Lorna Onduu

Senior Associate, Indirect Tax Services, PwC Kenya

Tel: +254 (0) 20 285 500

Danae Von Berg

Danae Von Berg

Manager, Indirect Tax Services, PwC South Africa

Tel: 27 (0) 21 529 2116