Taking stock of the tax reform process in Angola, and why tax incentives should be avoided

Angola is currently implementing a tax reform. The main objective of the reform is to increase non-oil tax revenues by broadening the tax base, rationalize incentives, increase control with voluntary tax payments and fight tax evasion. There is also a desire to use the tax system as a mechanism to provide incentives to investments and diversification of the economy. This brief argues that tax incentives in the form of lower rates, tax holidays and exemptions are likely to have negligible effects on investments. Extensive tax incentives are likely to undermine the efficiency and effectiveness of the tax system by creating room for bribery and corruption, increasing loopholes for tax evasion and distorting competition. Sticking to clear, unambiguous tax rules with not too many exceptions would likely avoid many unnecessary current and future conflicts.

Download publication

Last updated: June 05, 2012

Share |

Participating institutions


Decentralisation and Local Government in Angola

On Angola:

Avoiding Africa's Oil Curse. What East Africa Can Learn From Past Booms

22 Apr 2014 Foreign Affairs

East Africa is the global oil and gas industry's hottest frontier. Barely a month goes by, it seems, ...

Angola Growth Targets Delay Tax Reform: Michelsen Institute

27 Mar 2014 Bloomberg Business Week

Planned tax changes in Angola, Africa's second-largest oil producer, are hindered by inaccurate budget ...

IMF Executive Board Concludes the Second Post-Program Monitoring with Angola

19 Mar 2014 International Monetary Fund (IMF)

On March 5, 2014, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Second ...

News from selected sources:

Luanda might host general yellow fever vaccination campaign

11 Feb 2016 Angop - Health

Luanda - Luanda health authorities are considering to launch a general yellow fever vaccination campaign., ...

Outgoing ICGLR executive secretary satisfied with team work

11 Feb 2016 Angop - Politics

Luanda - The work done in the last four years by the Executive Secretariat of the International Conference ...

Angola seeks political consensus for lasting solutions - official

11 Feb 2016 Angop - Politics

Luanda - Angola Thursday in Luanda reaffirmed its continuous commitment to broad political consensus ...

ICGLR Heads of State Summit postponed

11 Feb 2016 Angop - Politics

Luanda - The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes ...

Taag/Emirates partnership shows encouraging results

11 Feb 2016 Angop - Transport

Luanda - Better services delivered to passengers is the expectation of respondents regarding the five-year ...

CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute)
Phone: +47 47 93 80 00 - From abroad: +47 55 70 55 65
Fax: +47 47 93 80 01
E-mail: cmi@cmi.no - Web: www.cmi.no
P.O.Box 6033 Bedriftssenteret, N-5892 Bergen, Norway
Visiting address: Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen