Morocco suffers the eighth-largest corporate tax losses in Africa.
Rabat – Morocco loses $521,534,833 per year to tax evasion, according to the Global Alliance for Tax Justice.
The NGO’s 2020 report on global tax evasion specifies that of this sum, Morocco loses $69,923,248 to offshore tax evasion.
With offshore wealth amounting to only $3.7 billion, Morocco accounts for 0.0% of global offshore wealth. Its offshore wealth represents 3.1% of GDP. Revenue loss from untaxed offshore wealth, however, amounts to $69.9 million.
Morocco also loses $451,611,585 per year to corporate tax evasion, giving the country the eighth-highest corporate tax loss in Africa.
The African country with the highest losses from corporate tax evasion is Nigeria, losing $10.57 billion per year. Following are South Africa ($2.71 billion), Egypt ($2.12 billion), and Angola ($2.05 billion).
Sudan loses $644 million, Kenya $502.4 million, Mozambique $452 million, Morocco $451 million, Algeria $434.75 million, and Ethiopia $362.66 million.
While Morocco loses more to corporate tax evasion than Algeria, it does not inflict any loss on other countries by enabling corporate tax abuse, according to the report. In contrast, Algeria inflicts $550,339,691 in tax loss on other countries by enabling corporate tax abuse, even greater than Nigeria, which is responsible for $112,521,003 in lost corporate taxes.
Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, the NGO emphasized where these lost corporate tax resources could have been spent. The report calculates Morocco’s corporate tax loss as adding up to 20.24% of its public health budget. The loss could alternatively cover the average salaries of 130,186 nurses.
The report ranks Morocco as the 72nd biggest enabler of tax evasion and financial secrecy in the world. In the top spots are the Cayman Islands, the United States, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.
Morocco’s most vulnerable trading channel — the channel through which the country is most vulnerable to illicit financial flows — is outward foreign direct investments.
The report considers vulnerability as the “average financial secrecy level of all partners with which the country trades with or invests in for that channel, weighted by the volume of trade or investment each partner is responsible for.”
Morocco’s trading partners with the most responsibility for this vulnerability are France (44%), Mauritius (8.9%), and Luxembourg (8.7%).