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How One Country Increased Excise Tax Collection

How One Country Increased Excise Tax Collection

The Issue

A large West African nation was losing tax revenue due to under reporting of production volumes and product smuggling. Tax receipt collection did not match the consumption numbers for tobacco, spirits, beer, soda and bottled water.

The revenue agency was hampered by a number of issues – the inability to confirm that appropriate taxes had been paid on the consumer goods, the presence of contraband which was displacing taxable sales, and the lack of binding legislation to allow for proper enforcement.

The Solution

Authentix designed an excise tax program for the revenue agency while providing guidance and assistance on drafting the required legislation.

Multi-level stamp security features were developed including anti-copy elements, overt features for the public, machine-readable features for inspectors with hand-held devices and a forensic feature that requires laboratory analysis and supports enforcement actions.  Cost considerations drove decisions on stamp designs, including tax rate, product type and application method.

As numerous parties are involved in the tax stamp acquisition process – multiple manufacturers of each consumer product, the stamp printer, the revenue agency and the Authentix program management organization – a secure and simple process using the Internet-based Authentix Tax Stamp Information System and its e-commerce module was implemented.

The Results

The excise tax stamp program has been adopted and rolled out by compliant manufacturers. It is expected that US$ 25 million in additional tax revenue will be delivered to the revenue agency annually.

COVID-19 Policy Statement


At Authentix, our mission to safeguard the integrity of global commerce is our priority as we continue to focus on customer needs with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our corporate leadership team continues to monitor the situation closely and its potential impact on supply chain continuity.

Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of all Authentix employees. As we have said when faced with other similar infectious disease situations, we will never force Authentix employees to travel to geographic areas where they are uncomfortable or that present an increased risk of exposure to infectious disease.

Effective June 1, 2021, we have reopened our Addison Texas Facility to all Authentix personnel. We continue to follow the CDC guidelines and protocol and continue to require that all customers, vendors or suppliers support these efforts and for those who present themselves at Authentix locations to respect and adhere to our policies and procedures.

We will continue to communicate regularly with our suppliers and updating contingency plans to ensure against any adverse impact or disruption to our customers, acknowledging that we are however subject to continued government restrictions and limited availability of transportation that may continue during this time. We encourage you to reach out to your Authentix point of contact with any questions or concerns.


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