Ghor revenue dept income reaches 52m afghanis
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): The income of western Ghor province's revenue department increased to 52.58 million afghanis ($1.157 million) during the current financial year, an official said Sunday. Shopkeepers, however, accused the department of being unfair in tax assessments.
Last year's collections stood at 42 million afs and the increase showed an improvement in the department's affairs, Director of Revenue Abdul Haq Rasouli told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He linked the revenue boost to the timely collection of taxes by a team of the department. "Taxes were collected from different organisations, business centres and individuals," he said.
However, shopkeepers accused the department of levying more taxes on the poor than on the rich. "The officials realise fewer taxes from rich people, shifting the burden to the poor," alleged Mahmood Kamali, a furniture seller.
He paid 12,000 afghanis in tax on goods worth one million afghanis. "But wealthy shopkeepers pay comparatively less tax," he said, adding officials were supposed to collect taxes based on worth of trade goods and income.
Another trader, Gul Rahim, also complained the government charged heavy taxes. However, it failed to asphalt roads, provide electricity and resolve people's problems, he said.
Rahim asked the government to support the business community instead of creating problems for them. But the department head rejected traders' accusations as untrue.
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