Protesters demand changes to tax system
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of trade unions’ members and shopkeepers of capital Kabul on Monday staged a protest demanding change to tax payment system.
The protest was started from Shahr-i-Naw and Pashtunistan squares and marched toward the Presidential Palace.
They passed a resolution demanded the government to address their grievances otherwise the protest would be continued indefinitely.
According to the early law, individuals with 5,000 afghanis income were exempted from tax payment, but those earning up to 12,500 afghanis needed to pay two percent tax. Individuals with income above 12,500 up to 100,000 to pay 10 percent taxes.
But Haji Sarwar, head of the garments union, told Pajhwok Afghan News before the taxes were collected from the income but now the taxes would be collected from the sales.
According to the new system, he said they would pay two fold tax comparing to the amount they paid previous year.
The protesters said they were not against tax, but wanted balance in the system. One of the protesters Mohammad Asif Jamizada said earlier the lowest cost of a license was 500 afghanis and higher 6,000 afghani.
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