The Director General of Taxes, Modeste Mopa, gave on Tuesday on the national television the reasons for this change.
The price of the communal stamp has been rising since January 3, 2017. It goes from 200 to 600 FCFA. This is one of the many changes imposed by this year’s Finance Act, which came into force on that day. Modeste Mopa, the Director General of Taxes, gave on the evening of 3 January on the CRTV-TV, the reasons for this increase in the cost of the communal stamp.
“It must be understood that we are in a process of decentralization and decentralization only makes sense when decentralized territorial authorities are given the means of their policy. The communal stamp was introduced a long time ago. Its tariff remained for a long time at 200 francs. And it was time in terms of inflation, economic development, normal to readjust it from 200 francs to 600 francs, “said the boss of taxes.
According to him, this measure will also improve “the living conditions of the populations since the decentralized communities have the peculiarity of being close to the citizens“.
The tax administration has planned innovations that go in the direction of the accompaniment of the private sector through a greater number of incentives. These include attracting investors to the Far North. There is also the dematerialization which reduces the direct contact with the populations, contacts that are for the most part source of corruption.
Alternatively, tax officials propose a modernization of their administration. It will now be subjected to a dematerialization process characterized by the use of new information and communication technologies. Tele-declaration and payments by mobile phone are just some of this new way of paying taxes.