Telebirr proves effective in tax payment system

Ethio Telecom and Addis Ababa city administration revenue bureau claim implementation of telebirr based tax payment system will enable tax payers settle their annual income tax effectively.

Ethio Telecom and Addis Ababa City Administration Revenues Bureau have implemented the telebirr based tax payment system to enable category C tax payers to pay their annual income tax through telebirr.

Said to be part of the company’s plan in creating digital Ethiopia, the platform is said to be a reliable and cost effective alternative to the digital payment system. The platform is also said to play a paramount role for the Addis Ababa City Administration Revenues Bureau mainly to simplify and timely collect the income tax.

“Customers have started paying their annual income tax easily and timely via telebirr mobile App or USSD (*127#) from their whereabouts anytime and reduce the problems happening while copying documents apart from assisting them to save their money, time and energy being secured from the toiling and challenges they are facing while frequently traveling to tax collection offices along with waiting for tiresome and long queues,” said officials of the two organizations on a field visit held on Tuesday July 19, 2022.
The system which started implementation from July 8, 2022 has enabled over 300,000 tax payers to make payment while 679 tax payers so far have made their annual income tax payments through the platform which is said to account about 4 million birr within a week.

Tax payers can easily make payment of their annual income tax using the payment order number sent to their mobile number via SMS over 7075 from Addis Ababa City Administration and as they settle the payment, they will immediately receive a payment

notification SMS from 7075 as well as 127 that can be used as a receipt number/payment confirmation. Furthermore, those tax payers who have already had a bank account can transfer money from bank to telebirr with telebirr integrated banks.

So far, telebirr digital payment platform has over 21 million subscribers having more than 89 master agents, 73 thousand agents and 21 thousand merchants. More than 25 billion birr has been transacted through telebirr.