Senate to summon finance minister on tax system
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharano Jirga--- the upper house of the parliament--- on Tuesday accused the government of creating hurdles for investors in the country and suggested to summon finance minister to brief the august house on country’s tax system.
The senators stressed positive changes to tax system to woo more investors. On Monday a number of trade unions’ members and shopkeepers of capital Kabul staged a protest demanding change to tax payment system.
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.
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.
Zalmai Zabuli, a lawmaker from southern Zabul province, said the government should bring reforms to tax system and devise investors-friendly environment.
The government, he alleged has failed to tax tycoons and mafia groups but it targeted poor people to collect tax from them.
Another Lawmaker Sahila Sharifi also stressed Senate’s administrative commission to summon finance minister to brief them on tax system.
Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the concerned commission would decide tomorrow to summon the finance minister on appropriate time.
Separately, some senators asked the government to identify a place for demonstration in capital Kabul in order to avoid disturbance for other people.
Senator Baz Mohammad said protest was the right of people but it should not create problems for others. Chairman senate said protesters should avoid blocking roads and creating problems for public.
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