Guinea Bissau: Guinean citizens to start paying tax again

17 March 2008

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 17 March – Guinea Bissau’s citizens are to start paying tax again for the first time in almost 30 years, according to a decision approved this week in the country’s parliament, weekly newspaper Nô Pintcha reported in Bissau Friday.

According to the newspaper, the parliament last week approved the creation of the tax for Democracy and Development which covers nationals residing in and out of the country aged between 18 and 60.

The annual amount payable by each citizen is 2,000 cfa francs (around 3 euros), whilst state and private workers will pay 1 percent of their monthly salary.

“Secondary school students and technical-professional students up to the age of 22,” are exempt from paying the tax, as are mid and higher education students aged up to 27, and the ill and disabled who have no income.

The report did not disclose when the measure would come into force.

Immediately after the country’s independence from Portugal, in 1975, the National Popular Assembly abolished the so-called “head count” tax that was a throwback to the colonial period, and replaced it with the Tax fro National Reconstruction, which fell into disuse in 1981 following the coup d’etat led by Nino Vieira, which deposed president Luís Cabral.

Since then no taxes have been collected in the country. (macauhub)