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Parliament passes law extending taxation to private ships and aircraft

The Angolan National Assembly approved on Saturday, in general, the draft law approving the Motor Vehicle Tax Code, which extends taxation to vessels and aircraft for private use.

: Clemente dos Santos/Angop
Clemente dos Santos/Angop  

According to the Minister of Finance, Vera Daves, the proposal of the law, approved with 167 votes in favour, one against and seven abstentions, is part of the objective of widening the tax base and fair distribution of the tax burden, as well as boosting non-oil tax revenues.

Vera Daves said in the presentation of the proposal that it will facilitate the daily management of the tax, adapting the processes and procedures of the Integrated Tax Management System, and allow the modernization of services provided to taxpayers.

The holder of Angola's Finance portfolio advanced as the main changes, the taxation of private vessels and aircraft, with the particularity of reducing by 50 percent for those carrying out commercial activity.

"So that the tax will be 100 percent for boats and aircraft for private, private use, and in the case of commercial use that tax will be reduced by 50 percent," explained Vera Daves, noting that for vehicles destined for agriculture the tax is also reduced by half.

For ambulances and vehicles adapted for people with disabilities, the minister continued, there is an exemption from the payment of fees.

"We are proposing to tax vehicles assigned to administrative agents for personal use, not registered, we are also proposing to manage the tax through the Integrated Tax Management System," she said.

She stressed that the management of the tax through the Integrated System of Tax Management will reduce the current financial and material waste.

"We currently have a high burden of using paper, printing stamps, which is never in the right quantities", said the minister, so, she added, using the electronic way "this service will be provided with some quality".

According to Vera Daves, what is historically gained from this tax, which is now proposed to be transformed into a tax, "is incomparably lower than the number of vehicles in circulation".

In her answers to MEPs, the holder of the Finance Department pointed out that of the money that has been collected from the circulation tax and is intended to be raised to tax, "historical data indicates that five billion kwanzas have been collected per year".

"Five billion kwanzas - they are simple accounts - for the whole country, is very little for the challenge that we have of maintenance and rehabilitation of roads," said the minister, emphasizing that "compete for this exercise revenues from other categories of tax.

Regarding the tax on motorcycles used for passenger transport, known in the country as "kupapatas", the minister stressed that the annual rate will remain between 1000 kwanzas and 2480 kwanzas.


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