Senate rejects Wolesi Jirga decision on telecom tax
AVA- The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament suspended the 10 percent tax on mobile phone users until a transparent system for the tax collection was activated.
Lawmakers had said there was no transparency in collection of the mobile phone users’ tax and a large amount of the money went to personal pockets.
Based on a presidential decree, also endorsed by the Cabinet when the parliament was on summer recess, the government imposed the 10 percent tax on all telecommunication service users. The levy took effect on September 23, 2015.
Mohammad Rahim Hassanyar, deputy head of the telecommunications commission of Meshrano Jirga, presented information about the Wolesi Jirga decision and said, “The government budget would face more deficiency if the 10 percent telecom tax is cancelled.”
He said officials of the ministries of telecommunication and information technology and the finance had promised to activate a transparent system for collection of the 10 percent tax.
A number of other senators supported collection of the 10 percen