Information technology increases tax revenue in Angola

28 September 2018

The introduction of information technology in the Angolan tax system has allowed non-oil tax revenue to increase by 18% in the first half to 898 billion kwanzas, the president of the General Tax Administration (AGT) said in Luanda.

Sílvio Franco Burity, speaking at the opening of the International Conference on Information Technologies in Taxation, said that the introduction of computers allowed the number of Industrial Tax statements to increase from 7,224 in 2014 to 26,869 from January to August 2018.

The international conference brings together Angolan and foreign experts, including members of the African Tax Administration Forum and the Planning and Coordination services of the Tax and Customs Inspection of Portugal.

“The AGT has invested in information technology in order to make services faster, more efficient, promoting less bureaucracy, reducing the number of forms, as well as giving greater comfort to the taxpayer,” he said, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop.

The Angolan tax authority plans to introduce the new Tax Identification Number (NIF), which from October will be the same as the identity card number for national citizens, while for foreign residents it will correspond to their residents’ card.

In the case of corporate entities, the NIF will be assigned sequentially by the AGT, and there will be two types of tax identification number, one for individuals and one for companies.

The General Tax Administration of Angola controls 48 tax offices, 79 land borders and about 36 customs delegations. (macauhub)