ATAF to Reduce Double Taxation across Africa

The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has come up with a draft document on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect  to taxes on income in Africa.

Model Agreement

In a multilateral meeting, ATAF, an organization established 5 years ago providing a platform to improve the capability and performance of tax administrations across Africa, has developed the draft text of an “ATAF Model Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income for the African continent”.

ATAF member countries include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Uganda, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia.

Removing Barriers

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) said DTAs are important tools in removing barriers to cross-border trade and investment. It said that “one of the areas identified by African States as a priority for the mobilisation of domestic resources is that of agreements for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTAs).”


Zimra said the Model Agreement provides an agreed basis for approximately 75% – 80% of a DTA for any African country and so only the negotiation of domestically driven specific areas such as withholding rates and definition of permanent establishments are required. The ATAF model will possibly address a larger membership of African states and will maintain relative consistency with other existing models.

Sources: Zimbabwe Chronicle, ATAF

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