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Ethiopians endorse higher taxes in exchange for more government services, Afrobarometer survey shows

12 Feb 2021 Ethiopia

A majority of Ethiopians would prefer to pay higher taxes if it would ensure more government services, the most recent Afrobarometer survey shows.

Most citizens consider it fair to tax rich people at a higher rate than ordinary people in order to fund government programs to help the poor. But they also want the government to make sure that small traders and other people working in the informal sector pay taxes on their businesses

About half think that ordinary people pay too much in taxes and say they find it difficult to get information about what taxes and fees they are supposed to pay.