Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) has launched Tax Collect, an interoperable platform for collecting municipal taxes.

The multi-channel payment gateway allows taxpaying customers to pay their taxes via an EPT (electronic payment terminal), smartphone, standard mobile phone or computer.

The system incorporates an enrolment module enabling taxpayers to be identified; it also offers various data options, including geolocation.

Simplice Anoh, founder and CEO of DAT, has welcomed the launch of the new service: “We are excited to launch a service that will simplify tax collection and help to optimise its recovery. At DAT, we have fostered a wide range of opportunities provided by technology for the benefit of Africans; Tax Collect is part of this new wave of innovative services that we are developing in order to meet market realities.”

Tax Collect is available to municipalities and their collection officers. It aims to facilitate tax collection, secure funds and reduce collection costs.

The service is fast and secure; the transactions processed via Tax Collect can be made using mobile devices or web portals.

“In 2017, there were 104,5-million mobile money accounts in Africa, an increase of 20.9% compared to 2016,” says Anoh. “It is essential to create services that actually meet the needs of Africans. This is the mission we have set ourselves at DAT.”