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Ethiopia - Apply for Tax Return

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Introduction

A tax return is a document prepared and filed to the tax authority of given country by either an individual or company to declare his / her / its liability for taxation. The tax return can either be an income tax return / Annual Tax Return, PAYE return, Value Added Tax return, or any other tax return. The tax authority in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.

Eligibility

Any individual or entity that carries out a taxable transaction.

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Instructions

1.An applicant must be registered by the Ethiopian Tax Authority as a tax pay;

2.Endeavor to file returns within the given period of time;

3.Failure to submit returns in a given period of time can lead to penalties;

4.All companies are required to file and forward taxes on an actual basis;

5.Returns may be submitted in person or through a tax agent;

6.If an agent is contacted, ensure that he / she is authorized to rendered the desired services in the country;

Required Information

1. Name and address of applicant

2.Nature of business

3.Details of bankers

4.Companies in the primary market filing monthly Returns will in addition provide the following information:-

5.Type of offer;

6.Services rendered; and

7.Amount of value added tax payable.

8.Companies in the secondary market filing monthly Returns will in addition provide the following information:-

9.Number and value of transactions;

10.Commission received;

11.Amount of tax deducted at source;

12.Amount of value added tax payable

Procedure

1.You will start by registering as a taxpayers at a nearby tax office in your area of operation:-

  • In this case, you go to a nearby tax office and obtain an application for registration form and fill it in completely;
  • Accompanied with proof of identity, submit the filled form to the tax office;
  • Upon submission of documents, your passport photo and finger prints shall be captured by the tax officers;
  • Upon verification of submitted details, a taxpayer’s identification number (TIN) is issued to you;

2.Thereafter you can proceed with filing the appropriate tax returns under the self Assessment Regime

  • You can either file returns in person or you can contact an authorized tax agent to file returns on your behalf. You / your agent should start the filing process by computing the tax liabilities; in this case, you shall be required to make sure that an assessment of taxes payable is done, and then you make payment for the tax(es) due in any designated bank;
  • Thereafter obtain the appropriate return form for the return you wish to file, fill it completely and submit it with an assessment notice and evidence of payment to the tax authority;
  • When the tax authority receives documents, they are assessed to ensure that each and every detail has been filled in the form

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Required Documents

  • Evidence of direct payment of the whole or part of tax due into a bank designated for the payment of tax;
  • Tax Invoices
  • Payment Slips
  • Companies filing Annual Returns must also provide
  • Audited financial statements;
  • Capital allowances computation;
  • Detailed statement of profits from each transaction
  • Audited financial statements and tax computations (nonresident companies)

Fees

Free of charge

Validity

Valid for a period of one year.

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Processing Time

  • One day or less

Office Locations & Contacts

Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.

Ato Kaidaki Gezahegn

Deputy/Director General- Program Designing of Operation and Development Businesses

Telphone: - 0116 62 98 57

Fax - : 0116 62 98 59

E-mail -: kaidakig@revenue.gov.et


Ato Desta Bezabih
Deputy/Director General, Branch Offices

Coordination and Support

Telphone - : 0116 62 98 81

Fax -  : 0116 62 98 66

E-mail -  : desta@revenue.gov.et


Domestic Tax System and Program Development Directorate

Ato Tesfaye Mergiya,


Director - Domestic Tax System and Program Development Directorate

Telephone - 0116 62 98 15

Fax - None:

E-mail - tesfayem@revenue.gov.et


Ministry of Revenues

PO Box 2559, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel:00251115511066

Tel: 00251115518200/512555


Ministry of Trade and Industry

PO Box 704, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel:00251115518025/515411


Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority
Ministry of Economic Development & Cooperation

P. O. Box 2428, Addis Ababa

Tel: 251-1-519684, Fax: 251-1-517988

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External Links

http://www.2merkato.com/articles/tax/28-tax-registration-assessment-and-payment-procedures-in-ethiopia

http://www.erca.gov.et/index.jsp?id=faq&pgNber=5

http://www.2merkato.com/articles/tax/types/29-value-added-tax-registration-rates-and-exemptions-in-ethiopia

http://chilot.me/tag/value-added-tax/

http://www.erca.gov.et/docs/1457.pdf

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