practice Areas

Tax & Customs

Vanguards of Tax Efficiency and Compliance

Balancing tax compliance while maintaining tax efficiency is a recurring challenge in the global market. Increasingly, emerging economies like Ethiopia are issuing complicated tax legislations and compliance requirements to cope up with the fast moving business environment. The Ethiopian government has issued, and is in continuous process of reforming its tax and customs laws. Tax and customs compliance is a matter of business priority and continuity. Growingly advanced tax advisory is becoming an essential component of deal-structuring.

Our lawyers are experts in dissecting and explaining, with ease, complex local tax and customs laws and requirements. We incorporate accounting and book keeping considerations, as seen appropriate, to further our holistic approach. We have on board a seasoned tax expert who in the past worked on top position at the tax authority solely for tax advisory and support services.

Dealing with major and complex tax issues arising from international commerce, investment structuring, investigative audits and International Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties, have given us the leverage to proactively mitigate and ensure compliance. Our approach in effective, balanced and active management of tax and customs matters is a key priority at Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office. We also have a strong litigation track record in matters involving tax and customs disputes with the Ministry of Revenue.

Our lawyers have partnered with major international tax and customs advisory firms in representing the interest of common clients in advisory and litigation matters. The tax authorities also seek our opinions in transformational reform works. In the past, we have represented a major construction company in a tax assessment dispute with the tax authorities where we secured a successful reduction of over 90 % of the original claim. In addition, we conducted many tax compliance due diligence as part of major potential acquisitions and investments.

We provide full-fledged legal services, including but not limited to:

  • Tax Compliance legal due diligence
  • Tax law and administration advisory services
  • Representation before the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority grievance and dispute settlement tribunals
  • Advisory services relating to International double taxation avoidance treaties involving Ethiopia
  • Legal support for tax audit preparedness
  • Product classification and customs valuation advisory and representation