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East Africa countries to harmonise VAT regime

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  • 22 October 2014 | Richard Asquith

East Africa countries to harmonise VAT regime

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania have confirmed plans to harmonise their Value Added Tax regimes by April 2015.

Currently all countries have an 18% VAT rates with the exception of Kenya which has 16%. The countries will also look at standarising their customs regimes with the longer term aim of dropping intra-country tariffs. The four countries are keen on emulating the success of the European Union’s VAT regime.

However, there are still substantial differences to be overcome aside from VAT Kenya’s VAT rate. For example, Tanzania is alone in not charging VAT on tourism.


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 is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.