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Legal Update on the Revised Property Tax Levied by the Addis Ababa City Administration PDF Version Available Here The land tax, sometimes referred to as the property tax, is regarded by the government as one of the most significant sources of revenue for the government and is used to meet the increasing demand for services...
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The Distinction between a Commercial Agent and a Commission Agent in Ethiopia Both commercial and commission agents are traders that need commercial registration and licensing to operate in Ethiopia according to the Commercial Code, the Commercial Registration and Business Licensing Proclamation No. 980/2016, and the Directive to Provide for Commercial Registration, Licensing, and Post-licensing Inspection,...
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The new Excise Tax Amendment Proclamation No. 1287/2023 became effective as of April 27, 2023 in Ethiopia. The Proclamation abates the excise tax rate for imported new vehicles, stating the earlier rates were “exaggerated.” It also introduces a 5% excise duty on telecommunication services, including internet, voice, and SMS services. As per the Proclamation, this...
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Authorities are collecting a 3% social welfare levy on imported goods.   It was back in August 2022 that a new social welfare levy was introduced by the government through the Social Welfare Levy on Imported Goods Regulation No. 519/2022. With a 3% rate, the social welfare levy applies to all goods imported into Ethiopia...
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Is the Declaration of Bankruptcy a Mandatory Requirement to Terminate an Employment Contract due to a Reduction in Work Volume or Profit? The Labor Proclamation No. 1165/2019 provides conditions under which an employer may terminate a worker’s employment contract with prior notice. Article 28(3) of the Proclamation, specifically, stipulates that those grounds attributable to the...
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Legal Update- Civil Society Organizations’ Income-Generating Activity Directive No. 937/2022 PDF Version Available Here Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) undertake their activities primarily from the donations they receive from domestic/foreign organizations and individuals. But donation is not reliable and donated funds may not always be sufficient to carry out their objectives. Thus, it is crucial to...
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Legal Update on the Mergers, Divisions, Conversions, and Dissolutions of Civil Society Organizations Directive No. 936/2022 PDF Version Available Here Purpose: Directive No 936/2022 on the Mergers, Divisions, Conversions, and Dissolutions of Organization came into effect on 22nd December 2022 with the main aim of implementing the provisions of the Organizations of Civil Societies Proclamation...
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Can a taxpayer present evidence to the tax authority after an Audit has started? Ethiopian tax statutes have not addressed the admissibility of evidence presented to the tax authority (the Ministry of Revenue) once an audit has started. The repealed Financial Bookkeeping Directive No. 152/2019 and the new Directive No. 176/2022 don’t sufficiently cover the...
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E-Commerce as Trade Category E-Commerce companies can now register as an “Electronic Platform Operator” (Code 85125) or as an “Electronics Intra Platform Operator” (Code 85126). The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), along with the Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration, has classified e-commerce as a trading category. It was back in October 2022 that...
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The Federal Supreme Court Issued Directive No. 17/2023 on Cassation Bench Appeal Procedures PDF Version Available Here On April 12, 2023, the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia issued a new directive (የፌዴራል ጠቅላይ ፍርድ ቤት የሰበር ሥነ-ሥርዓት መመሪያ ቁጥር 17/2015) on the procedures for entertaining appeals before the court’s Cassation Bench. The Directive provides different...
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