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Angola delays VAT till Oct 2019

  • Jun 20, 2019 | Richard Asquith

The July launch of VAT in Angola has been delayed until 1 October 2019. The new 14% Imposta sul Valore Aggiunta (IVA) consumption tax replaces the existing Consumer Tax, levied on the supply of goods and services as well as on the import of goods into Angola. The Consumer Tax rate ranges from 2% to 30%, depending on the goods or service. 

IVA will initially apply to large taxpayers with annual turnover of 15m kwanzas. Basic commodities, insurance, banking, and financial operations will be exempt, and exports of goods and services will be zero-rated.

The Angolan Government will adopt a “SLIM” approach in the implementation of VAT in Angola, i.e., Simple, Local and Modern:

  • Simple, as it should establish a broad scope for the tax, with a reduced number of exemptions and with simplified tax calculations
  • Local, as it should be suitable for the Angola’s national reality and socio-economic context
  • Modern, as it should have a digital component and it should follow the international best practices in dealing with tax fraud and evasion

Angola is one of the last African states to introduce VAT. 


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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