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Afghan government hopes to exceed national revenue target

The Afghan Ministry of Finance hopes to collect more than the set target of 152 billion Afghanis in national revenue. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the ministry has collected over 94 billion Afghanis in the past eight  months and has

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Afghan businessmen complain of extortions on highways

A number of businessmen have complained that local officials and  powerful figures force them to pay up to 150,000 AFN for each truck on highways. According to the businessmen, the customs taxes are up to 10,000 AFN, but they end

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Afghan Parliamentarian Forum in India on Natural Resource Management

A three-day parliamentarian natural resource management forum lead by the Afghanistan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) was held in Delhi, India from May 17-May 19. The event was organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation program for the promotion of good governance

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Afghan government to raise $2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017

Afghan Finance Ministry expects to raise USD 2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017, USD 500mn above the target. The boost in revenue is linked to a new tax regime that is aimed at stopping the country’s dependence on international aid

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Afghanistan’s revenue up by 36% in the first six months of current fiscal year

 Afghan Finance Ministry has collected 31.5bn AFN through customs, 21bn AFN through taxes and 17.5bn through non-tax revenues in the past six months. According to the officials, this year’s revenue has amounted to over 70bn AFN, compared to last year’s

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Afghan business community demands ACCI leadership to step down

The Afghan business community has demanded the leadership of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) to step down and hold fresh polls immediately. Addressing a press conference on Monday, representatives from the private sector and entrepreneurs said the

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Afghanistan’s telecom industry looking shaky

The telecommunication industry is one of the rare success stories of Afghanistan since the oust of the Taliban in 2001. With over USD 2bn investment over the past decade, the Afghan telecom industry employs around 200,000 and generates an annual

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Electronic duty payments replace risky cash deliveries in Afghanistan

Imports of expensive, high-tech equipment and large boxes of pre-paid phone cards by Afghanistan’s five major telecommunications companies account for half of all customs duties collected at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Until recently, paying duties on those imports

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Various entities owe up to AFN 2.225bn in taxes to Kabul municipality

The acting Mayor of Kabul, Abdul Ahad Wahid, said on Saturday that companies, NGOs, ministries and other public institutions owed up to AFN 2.225bn in taxes to the Kabul municipality over the past decade. “The municipality tried different ways to collect

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Safi Airways demands Finance Ministry to cut taxes

Afghan private international airline, Safi Airways, have demanded the Finance Ministry to follow the Council of Ministers’ decision of reducing taxes and allowing the company to pay them in installments. Safi Airways claims that the Council of Ministers ordered the

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Special commission formed to resolve Afghanistan’s tax collection issues

A special commission which comprises the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Attorney General’s Office has been formed to resolve disputes with large companies that owe taxes to the Afghan government. MoF’s treasury department head,

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Foreign firms warned to pay taxes to Afghan government within a month

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has given a deadline of one month for 15 foreign companies to pay taxes in line with the country’s law of land to the government. AISA Director Wafiullah Iftikhar said foreign companies must abide

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Afghan Finance Ministry’s revenue increases by 300mn AFN

Afghan Finance Ministry official said revenue of the Medium Taxpayer Office (MTO) increased by 300mn AFN compared to the previous year. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, MTO Director Subhanullah Fahimi said the ministry’s income reached 10.6bn AFN, indicating a

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Non-payment of taxes impinge on Herat municipality’s revenue

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Herat Mayor Mohammad Salim Tarakai said that government and non-government organizations have defaulted on paying an amount of 233 million AFN in cleanliness tax to the municipality. Tarakai said that 47

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Non-payment of taxes impinge on Herat municipality's revenue

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Herat Mayor Mohammad Salim Tarakai said that government and non-government organizations have defaulted on paying an amount of 233 million AFN in cleanliness tax to the municipality. Tarakai said that 47

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Kandahar collects 900 million AFN in revenue this year

Kandahar revenue department has collected over 900 million AFN in revenue from local businesses and shopkeepers this year, compared to last year’s 836 million AFN. The province was unable to generate sufficient revenue in the past due to absence of

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Baghlan may not be able to meet its annual target revenue

Baghlan revenue department may not be able to achieve the projected 310 million Afghani target fixed by the Ministry of Finance. Revenue director Baseer Ahmad Baseer said the revenue of the province was 180 million AFN last year, exceeding the

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Counterfeit vehicle registration numbers proliferating across Afghanistan

The increasing number of forged vehicle registration numbers has raised concerns among Afghan traffic officials. Afghan traffic officials have cited fake plate numbers as the main factor behind the spread of Illegal Armed Groups across the country that has allowed

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Afghanistan levies USD 1bn illicit taxes on US-funded projects-SIGAR

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has said the Afghan Ministry of Finance has imposed nearly USD 1bn in business taxes since 2008. According to the report issued by SIGAR, the ‘illegitimate’ taxes are levied on 43 contractors

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Paktika revenue to increase by 80%

Officials from Paktika’s revenue department have estimated the provincial revenue to go up by 80%, if collections from all districts were ensured. “This past Persian year, the Ministry of Finance fixed the annual revenue target for the province at 17

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Collection of tariffs at city gates paves ground for corruption

Afghanistan High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) criticized the decision of the Afghan government on the collection of municipality tariffs from traders at city gates and said the act would further fuel the already endemic corruption in the country.

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Takhar revenue increases by 47mn AFN

Standing at 197mn AFN, the revenue of Takhar province has increased by 47mn AFN last Afghan calendar year (1391) that ended on March 21, 2013. In 1390, the revenue was 150mn AFN. The officials have linked the jump in revenue

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Traders strike in Herat province

Traders in Herat province protested against the Council of Ministers’ decision on the collection of municipality taxes from Afghan traders at cities’ entry points. They said the decision denotes the extent of corruption that exists in Afghanistan and warned they

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Afghan traders accuse the government for the soaring prices

In retaliation to the government’s decision on the collection of taxes at entry points, Afghan traders protested and halted supplying goods to major cities. The number of trucks stranded at the gates has increased from 3000 to 6000, according to

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Afghan businessmen exempted from intercity transit fees

By Qiam Noori-The council of ministers recently announced that no governmental institution is allowed to collect intercity transit fees from Afghan merchants. The high-ranking council says mayors of the provinces are allowed to collect transit fees, only if the merchants

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