-- they also find it difficult to know how tax revenues are used, study shows
A majority of Liberians want the government to levy higher taxes on the rich to pay for development programs to benefit the poor, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.
However, most citizens say it is difficult to find out what taxes and fees they are supposed to pay and how the government uses tax revenues.
Liberia has a progressive tax system where the rich should be paying more but many are left to wonder as to whether this is the case
More than half of Liberians think that the rich pay too little in taxes and that taxing the wealthy at higher rates than ordinary people is fair.
A majority of citizens think the government generally uses tax revenues for the well-being of the citizenry, the Afrobarometer survey says.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, nonpartisan survey research network that provides reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.
The Afrobarometer team in Liberia, led by the Center for Democratic Governance (CDG), interviewed a nationally representative, random, stratified probability sample of 1,200 adult Liberians between October and December 2020.
A sample of this size yields country-level results with a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. Previous surveys were conducted in Liberia in 2008, 2012, 2015, and 2018.
Key among the findings is that majority say it is difficult to find out what taxes and fees they are supposed to pay to the government (71%) and how the government uses the revenues from people’s taxes and fees (73%).
More than half (52%) of Liberians say rich people pay too little in taxes. Only 20% think ordinary people pay too little in taxes, while 31% think they pay too much.
Almost two-thirds (64%) of citizens say it is fair to tax the rich at higher rates than ordinary people in order to help pay for government programs to benefit the poor.
A majority (54%) say the government usually uses the tax revenues it collects for the well-being of citizens, though more than four in 10 (42%) disagree.
Meanwhile, seven rounds of the Afrobarometer surveys were conducted in up to 38 countries between 1999 and 2018, and Round 8 surveys (2019/2021) covering 34 countries are close to completion.