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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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Safi Airways flights to be suspended for tax evasion

The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has said in a statement that it will suspend Safi Airways flights for failing to pay taxes and debts to the Afghan government over a two-year period. The major airline company has evaded its

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Taliban demands “protection tax” from Afghan telecom companies

The Taliban has issued an edict whereby a hefty sum of “protection tax” is demanded from Afghan telecom companies. According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), the demand was made by the Taliban central leadership from representatives of four cellular companies

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10% telecom service tax justified as step towards self-sufficiency

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi was summoned by the Lower House of the Parliament, or Wolesi Jirga, to justify the 10% telecom service tax that is being collected despite outrage from the general public and the parliamentarians. Minister Hakimi said

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Afghan MPs reject decree to impose 10% tax on mobile phone users

The Lower House of the Parliament voted against the legislative decree to charge 10% tax on mobile users. The lawmakers voted unanimously against the decrees this morning. A new 10% fee was imposed by the Presidential Palace on telecom and

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Afghan government collects 78mn from newly levied telecom tax

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) reported Saturday that 78mn AFN had been collected since the government levied a 10% tax against communication services. The new tax regulation directly affects mobile phone subscribers. The public was up-in-arms over

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Afghan Senate urges the government to bring reforms to the tax system

Afghan senators have called on the government to bring reforms to the tax system and help create an investment-friendly environment. They suggested to summon the Finance Minister to brief on the tax system that sparked protest all over Kabul city.

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What is there to be done to increase Afghanistan’s GDP?

The Afghan economy has been consistently in a low state from a historical perspective since 1960s. Afghanistan has had a traditional economic system until the invasion of the former Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the country experienced

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Afghan Finance Ministry to shut down 5 hotels and restaurants

The Ministry of Finance has warned to shut down 5 hotels and restaurants operating in Kabul City if they do not make their tax payments in-time. “The hotels and restaurants, including Sham-e-Paris, Qasr-e-Paris, Roshan Marcopolo, Boccaccio Restaurant, and Mumtaz Hotel

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Nationwide protest to follow if octroi is not abolished-ACCI

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries warned nationwide protests would spark, if the government did not remove octroi. Octroi is a tax levied on various goods entering a town or city. The Cabinet recently decided to collect taxes from

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Afghan businessmen at Kabul’s Mandawi are exempted of tax for the next four years- Minister Ahadi

Minister of Commerce and Industries Anwarul Haq Ahadi announced on Monday that shopkeepers who were inflicted with losses caused by fire at Kabul’s Mandawi are exempted of taxes for the next four years. “In addition to tax exemption, the government

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Increase in Herat, Kandahar Revenue

The annual revenue of western Herat province has increased to 19.98 billion afghanis ($385 million) in 2011, compared to 14.83 billion afs during the previous year. Local officials said on Saturday the Ministry of Finance had set the province a

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Afghan Jewelers Complain about High Taxes

Huge taxes and lack of market for locally made jewellery have left the industry struggling in the capital, Kabul-based traders complain. But the Ministry of Finance says jewellers are taxed in line with the relevant law. A decade ago, most

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