Taxation and gender: why does it matter?
By Tax Justice Network Africa.
Studies have revealed that tax systems are not gender neutral since they have differential impacts on men and women, given that, fiscal policies are influenced by underlying socio-cultural beliefs about gender roles and responsibilities. As such, tax systems can be tools to ameliorate, exacerbate, or simply reproduce existing gender inequalities.
In this edition of the Africa Tax Spotlight, different writers share their research findings and experiences on gender and taxation in different sectors. The general thought in most circles is that the formal sector complies with tax obligations more than the informal sector thereby putting more pressure on governments to devise effective and efficient ways of collecting taxes from the informal sector.