Myanmar

A resident of a “squatter” quarter in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township walks past a billboard of President U Htin Kyaw. Image source: Aung Myin Ye Zaw / The Myanmar Times

Duty isn’t enough to boost tax revenue

19 September 2016

In the past few weeks, colourful signboards have been erected around Yangon reminding people of their obligation to pay tax.

An anthropomorphised cartoon map of Myanmar – eyes wide – proudly gives a “thumbs up” to the message that “every citizen has the duty to pay taxes to be levied according to the law”.

After decades of arbitrary and extractive local taxation and a regime financed largely through natural resource plunder, the National League for Democracy government clearly knows two things: It needs to boost tax revenue to expand services and welfare, and taxes need to be more fairly and consistently levied.

Read full article Duty isn’t enough to boost tax revenue by Gerard McCarthy published in The Myanmar Times.

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