Stall sellers in Kinshasa central market
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced VAT

The Democratic Republic of Congo became the 145th country in the world to introduce value added tax on the 1st of January in an effort to modernise its fiscal system.

The new tax has an impact on consumer prices and was due to replace an older duty, but many businesses seem to be charging both taxes.

This has led to a huge spike in inflation in the past few days and growing frustration among Congolese consumers.

BBC Africa's correspondent Thomas Hubert reports from Kinshasa.

  • 17 Jan 2012
  • From the section Africa
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