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Botswana raises VAT from 12% to 14% April 2021

  • Feb 2, 2021 | Richard Asquith

Botswana is to raise its standard VAT rate from 12% to 14%. The measure is to shore up revenues following the COVID-19 crisis which has affected its tourism and mining sectors. There will also be an increase in the sugary drinks tax.

The country has seen a sharp decline in its economy in 2020 – almost 8% contraction. But this is expected to bounce back in 2021 as the lockdown eases.

Check Avalara’s COVID-19 VAT news and global VAT rates.

The average VAT rate in Africa is 16%, to this increase will still keep the tax burden low for the region.

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: 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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