Technical assistance for the Tax Administration Burkina Faso, Phase III
Burkina Faso is fighting against poverty and social inequality. Increased transparency and better domestic revenue mobilization help in dealing with those challenges. SECO supports the country to this end by providing technical assistance to its Central Tax Administration.
SECO has been supporting the Central Tax Administration since 2009 to increase its capacities in mobilizing domestic resources by providing technical and financial assistance. This support has yielded significant results, with initial digitalization efforts having led to an increased tax-to-GDP ratio. As a consequence of this increased digitalization, the Central Tax Administration faces the challenge of maintaining a solid digital infrastructure and to proceed towards more automatized business processes. Furthermore, the integrated taxation system is characterized by a limited efficiency to fight tax fraud.
The project’s main goal is to increase the level of mobilization of the country’s internal resources by improving the quality and safety of the tax collection system. Its approach is twofold – (i) to consolidate the results achieved in the previous two phases, and ii) to realize some "quick wins" to increase the mobilization of domestic resources by broadening the base of tax payers and increasing transparency and the fight against tax evasion and tax fraud.
Strengthened capacities of the staff of the tax administration
Improved networks and IT systems
Improved availability and accessibility of fiscal data
Established access to indirect cadastral information
Established access to additional information to improve anti-corruption and anti-evasion measures
Trainings for tax agents in using the specific software applications are implemented.
Trainings in using the specific software applications are effectively integrated into the curriculum of the national high school for finances ENAREF.
The high school’s branch for fiscal cadaster is operational and provides education for officials and students.
The solar kits are installed and produce the required electricity.
Business continuity is improved.
Memory space has increased.
Indicators of the TADAT assessment have improved.
Access to information of public service providers is in place.
The interfaces between the tax administration’s and selected public administrations’ IT systems are running.
Results from previous phases:
The first phase of the project has led to an increase in the average tax-to-GDP ratio from 11% in 2000-2009 to 15% in 2010-2014.
The project managed to endow the Central Tax Administration with efficient automatized business processes. With these qualitative improvements and increased security of the tax collection processes, revenue collection rose by 8% annually. This led to an increased tax-to-GDP ratio of 17% in 2020.
Initial steps towards digitalization with increasing numbers of online tax declarations (2018: 8’657- 2020: 129’470) and tax payments (1’803 vs 18’002)
Improved provision with electricity thanks to the installation of solar panels in 11 provincial tax administration offices that were either not connected at all or suffered from extensive electricity shortages.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 4’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 5’400’000|
|Project phases||Phase 3 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2025 (Current phase) Phase 2 01.04.2016 - 31.03.2021 (Active)|