Farah customs revenue down 8pc: official
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Western Farah province’s overall revenues from customs and commercial taxes reached 2.6 billion afghanis last solar year, but showed an eight percent decrease when compared to 2013 returns, an official said on Tuesday.
Farah Customs Department deputy head Ajer Khan Zaheer told Pajhwok Afghan News though customs revenue declined in 2014, but income from domestic taxation increased against 2013.
He said the customs revenue stood at 2.6 billion afs in 2013, exceeding the target set by the Ministry of Finance by 10 percent.
However, the Finance Ministry set 4.36 billion afghanis target for the provincial Customs Department in 2014, when only 2.4 billion afghanis could be collected, he said.
He linked the decrease in revenue to last year’s political tension and insecurity, saying the election deadlock had affected investors’ interest.
He said repeated ban on fuel imports from Iran had also a negative impact on the revenue collections, adding that the fuel imports from Iran had resumed.
However, taxes collected from commercial areas in Farah increased in 2014 as compared to 2013.
Farah commercial taxes director Abdul Hadi Bawar said revenues from commercial taxes in 2013 was 182.8 million afs, but increased to 196.6 million afs last year.
He linked the increase in income tax to good management and timely tax collection from businessmen.
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