ATAF Tax Essay

The ATAF Tax Essay Competition 2019

The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) is pleased to announce the 2nd Africa wide ATAF Tax Essay Competition for 2019.

ATAF is an international organisation consisting of 38 African member states. Its objectives are to promote co-operation, knowledge sharing and capacity building among African tax administrations, as well as represent the interests of African tax systems in the global environment.

ATAF Tax Essay Competition

The ATAF tax essay competition is designed to encourage young African researchers, academics and tax officials to identify problems or challenges faced by African tax administrations and propose innovative solutions.

The competition gives you the opportunity to bring forward your feasible and readily implementable solutions on how African tax administrations can innovatively tax the digitalised economy. Essays should address issues regarding creative ideas that can lead to ground-breaking solutions to the tax challenges posed by digitalisation.

For this year’s ATAF tax essay competition, participants are required to write on the following topic: African perspectives on the tax challenges from the digitalisation of the economy.


The prizes of the ATAF Tax Essay Competition 2019 will be as follows:

  • First Prize: 1500 USD, a Trophy and an award certificate. The winner will be invited to ATAF’s 10 years Anniversary to be held in Kampala, Uganda from 18 to 22 November 2019 for a special award ceremony with flight and accommodation expenses covered. At the commemoration, the winner will be required to make a presentation of the essay at the presence of all heads of tax administrations in Africa.
  • Second Prize: USD 1000, a Trophy and an award certificate.
  • Third Prize: USD 750, a Trophy and an award certificate.
  • The best 10 essays (including the three winners) will be published in the book of ATAF’s Compilations of Abstracts on Tax Systems in Africa. 
  • All other participants will receive an ATEC 2019 participation certificate.


The competition is open to all African researchers, tax officials, academics and tax practitioners aged 40 or less. Women are strongly encouraged to participate.

  • The essay must be theme-based and should not have been published elsewhere at the time of submission.
  • The essay must originally be written by the entrant as its sole creator/author. 
  • Plagiarised essays will automatically be disqualified
  • ATAF employees or any official involved in the development, production, implementation, administration, judging or fulfilment of the competition are not eligible to enter.
  • ATAF will reserve the right to publish and disseminate awarded essays.
  • ATAF will not be responsible for any breach of copyright or confidentiality by any author.
  • Winners of the competition will NOT be entitled to represent ATAF in any manner except mention this award in their CV.
  • If an author accepts an offer of publication from somewhere else before being notified about the results of this competition, ATAF must be informed immediately.
  • ATAF will have the final authority to relax any of the criteria in the larger interests of the profession and research.
  • The decision of the Judges on the selection of essays shall be final.
  • Selection of an essay by ATAF will not mean that ATAF endorses or subscribes to the views expressed by the author.
  • The essay submissions shall be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • The essay will be deemed ineligible if it violates any of the above conditions

Please note: The essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality and creativity of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to African tax administrations (5) practicality of the recommendations. The ATAF reserves the right to award fewer or lesser prizes (or no prizes at all) if the judges determine that all submissions (or insufficient submissions) do not merit selection.

Essay Requirements

The essay must conform to the following standard structure or outline:

  • Introduction, Problem Statement, Methodology, Key findings, Implications of findings, Key implementable recommendations

The following specifications must be followed:

  1. The length of the essay should NOT exceed 1000 words (two pages).
  2. The standard format of the essay should be Arial, Font 12, a 1-inch margin on all sides and 1.0 line spacing.  
  3. Any uniform mode of citation can be followed for footnotes with Arial, Font 10 and 1 line spacing.
  4. Must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file ONLY.
  5. A passport-sized photo of utmost 5 MB must be submitted alongside the essay
  6. The Essay must be written in English
  7. Please NOTE that submissions must include two (02) documents:
    i. The title page should include article’s title, full name, institution, type of institution, job position, mobile number, alternative phone number, country of residence, nationality, country of origin, primary language, secondary language, postal address and email address.
    ii. Anonymised main essay indicating figures, tables (if any) with numbering, title, source and references

How to Apply

All submissions for the essay competition must be made via the following link:

Please do not include any identifying information in the Main Essay as specified above.

Deadline: 3rd November 2019

Entrants will be notified that their Essays have been received within 2 days of submission and will be notified of competition results by 8 November 2019.


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