DR Congo: Shedding light on tax collecting agencies’ practices

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 2014 ETI Report has generated a debate about the accountability of tax collecting agencies.  One of the tax collecting agencies, DGRAD, was found in the EITI report to be  unable to account for US 26 millions Of royalty payments. The case is in  under close public scrutiny and watchers except it to lead to judicial action. In Congo, they have found that a key benefit of their EITI is that they now ensure that the taxes collected by government entities actually reach the accounts at the Central Bank. Other oversight institutions are also strengthened, such as the auditor general’s office (IGF), which is now investigating discrepancies identified in EITI Reports, and referring cases to the court as necessary.

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