Oupa Magashula is leading the way in enhancing tax
administration across sub-Saharan Africa.
Magashula is the chairman of the African Tax Administration
Forum (ATAF), which brings together 34 tax administrations from
across the African continent to provide skills training and to
create a platform for African tax and customs administration to
develop and share expertise and experience.
"The biggest problems tax administrations face is the lack
of capacity. We are trying to improve this through ATAF but a
lot of our members need more capability. The result of this is
that they are unable to investigate complicated structures and
undertake complex audits," said Magashula.
Since Magashula appeared in
International Tax Review’s Top 50 list
last year, 21 ATAF member countries have reached consensus
on the text of an African Agreement on Mutual Assistance on Tax
Matters in South Africa.
The agreement was in reaction to an estimated $500 billion
to $800 billion of illicit capital flight from the
The most recent ATAF meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal, in
September, where Magashula spoke to member countries about
research into country experiences with tax incentives and
efforts to harmonise tax policy in the region.
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