Director General of Taxation
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Government of South Sudan
To: All private and public employers
18th July 2012
Note: Although this refers to the collection of state income tax from August 2012 payrolls onwards, it is understood that the necessary legislation was not enacted by the National Legislative Assembly in time. Consequently, state income tax should only be deducted once the relevant legislation has been passed into law.
Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre
Monday July 9th 2012 marked South Sudan’s first anniversary as an independent state. But one year down the road, what is there to celebrate for this newborn polity? Faced with political instability and enduring external and domestic threats to its security, the nascent state of South Sudan as evolved into a patronage and crisis management tool for the ruling elite, putting the benefits of governance well beyond the reach of the majority of the population.
There is little doubt that continuing conflict with Sudan, extreme underdevelopment and dependence on oil revenues will ensure that South Sudan remains a state in emergency for years to come. In many ways the characteristics and uses of this emergency dominate domestic political calculus. Essential institutional reforms have been postponed, as has any real democratic opening. Until a measure of calm in
South Sudan’s relations with Sudan is achieved, donors will have to look for areas of engagement where their objectives do not interfere with the short-term interests of a government that subsists on a war footing. In this regard South Sudan’s decision to suspend oil production and the subsequent need to generate alternative revenues may offer new opportunities.