State tax auditors are being told to shake down local businesses to generate revenue. And while big businesses have internal tax specialists who can fight unjustified assessments, small businesses often have no choice but to pay since the cost to them of fighting back is so high.
Whatever the outcome, the challenges in Southern Sudan are daunting. Some 51 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and more than half are under the age of eighteen. Only 27 percent of the adult population is literate.