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Research finds mobile users’ tax collection process highly corrupt

Research finds mobile users’ tax collection process highly corrupt

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Oct 17, 2017 - 18:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): Research shows massive corruption existed in the 10 percent tax on mobile phone services and the government failed to ensure transparency in this process.

Ihsanullah Hekmat, head of the AFCAC who conducted the research, told reporters here the process of 10 percent tax on mobile communication was not transparent from the beginning.

The telecom tax law was approved by the Wolesi Jirga in December, 2015. According to the law mobile phone users had to pay 10 percent.

According to Hekmat a committee comprised from members of the Communication Ministry, Finance Ministry, and Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) was formed to oversee the tax collection process, but the committee was unable to monitor the process.

He said according to Afghans Coordination against Corruption (ACAC) organization, most members of the committee were unprofessional to properly monitor the tax collection process.

He said the government and telecommunication companies should have collected over 20 billion Afghani from taxes of around 23 million mobile phone users in the country compare to 8.5 billion Afghanis that have been collected so far.

So far the ministries of communication and information technology and finance did not react to the report, but earlier, acting communication and technology minister, Shazad Gul Aryubi said corruption existed in the collection of tax on mobile phone services.

He said the process of tax collection was not transparent but assured the system to properly monitor the process would be established within four months.

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