Digital Property Tax Initiative (DPTI)

As Ghana attained middle-income status in 2010 there has been a major shift in foreign donor attitudes on support for the country as most are moving from aid to trade and subsequent decline in donor support has significantly narrowed the fiscal space for the government despite increases in revenues from oil and gas. The coronavirus pandemic has also exacerbated the weak revenue situation and compelled the country to resort to borrowing from the local and international markets to meet its immediate revenue needs.

The shortfall in revenues resulting in the decline of donor support has put a strain on the country’s economic and development indicators which still reflect the status of a low-income country. Ghana’s tax system is highly disproportionate as many Ghanaians, especially women and young people are burdened by high indirect taxes and do not have enough information, power, expertise, or formally organized voice to hold local and national governments to account. Entrenched political and economic power among privileged people (usually men), and structural exclusion of women act as a deterrent to addressing gender gaps in budgeting, spending and revenue-raising measures. Oxfam and Norsaac consider implementing DPTI imperative to increasing revenues for the government while reducing the unfair tax burden on women and young people.

This work fits within Oxfam’s overall global programming on fiscal accountability for inequality reduction.

Project aim

The project aims at contributing to increased transparency, accountability, and performance of government tax revenue through active citizenship and civil society engagement and oversight.

Project objectives

  1. Improve administrative efficiency and accountability.
  2. Explore creative and technology-led initiatives of domestic resource mobilization at national and sub-national levels in Ghana.
  3. Deepen engagement in domestic revenue mobilization efforts.
  4. Demonstrate improved tax compliance and increased revenues from property tax and other sources linked to financing for pro-poor development outcomes.

Duration: 2 years

Donor: Oxfam

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