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News Cameroon: controversy around a tax on money transfers "Via" mobile telephony

15:02  06 january  2022
15:02  06 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Au Cameroun, polémique autour d’une nouvelle taxe sur les transferts d'argent via la téléphonie mobile. © Getty Images / Maskot in Cameroon, controversy around a new tax on money transfers via mobile telephony.

A new tax on money transfers "Via" mobile operators, in force since the beginning of the year, arouses the anger of consumers, various actors of civil society and certain policies. From now on, for each shipping or withdrawal operation through these operators, the user must pay a 0.2% tax. This tax should allow the state to make gains of 20 billion CFA francs at the end of the year.

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This is one of the main voices to be mounted on the offensive against this famous tax, that of Professor Pierre Alaka Alaka, fiscalist and teacher at the University of Douala: " In terms of tax policies, and economically, socially and psychologically, it is bad to the extent that not only affects the poorest social strata, but also it makes a sprain with financial mobility in a country where the means of Displacement are not obvious.

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a gain of twenty billion CFA francs projected

if the state, which is in search of new revenue, projects a gain of 20 billion CFA francs at the end of this fiscal year, Pierre Alaka Alaka believes that other niches Could not be able to satisfy this objective: "In particular, at the level of the good transfer price analysis, that is to say these illegal transfers of benefits that asphyxiate the African continent and Cameroon in particular. And there, we could have glean not 20 billion but perhaps 5 000 billion every year at least.

What use for these funds?

The other problem that is pointing from the finger is the use of these funds: always more taxes, why not, but for what purpose, questions our interlocutor: "We have seen the calamic management with the Construction of the stages for the can. But we are waiting to see if it will stay unpunished. Because if it's unpunished, we are asking the poor to continue to contribute. " Despite the protests, the tax has come back in force since 1 January 2022.

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