Unity State Government Warns Officials Over Multiple Taxation

Traders take stock of their goods in Torit. Most of the commodities consumed and sold in the local markets are imported from the neighbouring states. [Gurtong | File]

Mading said that some county authorities were collecting taxes on transit goods before they could reach their final destination and that has contributed to the increase of the prices in the market.

“I am directing all the County authorities to stop any collection of transit goods that come from the neighboring States including Capital Juba either road or river before it reaches the final place,” he said.

Since the independence of the Republic of South Sudan, Unity State which transports its goods from the North was locked off and all commodity prices become high fueled by high tax collection at every checkpoint.

The new government of Unity State is currently taking some steps to reduce tax payment and plans are also underway to reduce the number of tax collectors who are not the employees of the State Ministry of Finance.

One of the traders who could not give his name said: “What we are getting is less than what is given out as tax because every day they collect money, at the end of each week they also come and monthly collection, all these always reach over 2,000 SSP and if we include the taxes right from Juba to Bentiu, there is nothing left for us and that forced us to redouble the price of each commodity.’’ 

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