Decentralization: How are township operations financed in Togo?

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:06
Decentralization: How are township operations financed in Togo?

(Togo First) - Togo’s Revenue Office (OTR) recently informed decentralization actors and local elects about available fund mobilization instruments for their activities. This was last Saturday, at the Decentralization Night organized by NGO IJD in Lomé.

There are two main tax tools serving these parties. There are namely the housing tax and the TPU. While the first is fully repaid to local communities, 90% of the second is repaid to communities.

Besides these two taxes, there is also the land tax (for both built and unbuilt properties) and patent. For these, 50% of proceeds are returned to communities.

The OTR in addition allows local elects to initiate other taxes, such as a tax for road, tax for festivals and events, all in order to mobilize more funds.

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