Tax Policy, Corruption and Poverty in WAEMU
Authors: Alastaire S. Alinsato and Symphorien Zogbasse
Affiliations: Laboratoire d’Economie Publique, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Bénin; Laboratoire d’Economie Publique, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Bénin
Source: African Multidisciplinary Tax Journal, 2023 Issue 1, p. 150–139
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that a tax policy designed for taxes for social purposes reduces poverty in the West African Economic and Monetary Union. Poverty reduction requires optimal taxation, reduction of corruption, and improvement of the final consumption level per inhabitant. In order to reach this conclusion, we used panel data from the period 1996 to 2019. We used a method based on ‘panel-corrected standard errors corrected’ (PCSE). The paper suggests that public officials should establish proper tax policies and effective social protection programmes, and ensure good tax governance. Mainly, authorities can establish tax exemption thresholds for the poor, increase tax rates on the highest incomes, and ensure good tax governance.