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”Frustrated by a recent significant tax increase in category “C” tax payers, which consists small businesses with an annual turnover of up to 100,000 Birr, cities in various parts of the Oromia regional state are seeing protesters testing the streets again.

On Thursday July 13, Addisu Arega, Oromia state public relations head, confirmed that residents opposing the new tax hike have damaged two state owned vehicles in Ambo city, 120 kms west of the capital Addis Abeba, and a city that saw the bloodiest crackdown during the 2016 nationwide anti-government protests that led to State of Emergency.

Similarly, shocked by the increase, many small business owners in the capital Addis Abeba are queuing to return their business licenses or file complaints with the revenue authority.

These was from the news of tomerkato-one of an Ethiopian business websites published four months ago. Regardless of these, ERCA announced that the final payment date for catagory  ‘A’ tax payers is only one weeks away. Can ERCA  meet its targets?

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