Merchants in Kandahar complain over municipality taxes
By Ghanizada - Sun Feb 26 2012, 7:58 pm
Officials in southern Kandahar province decided to cancel the collection of municipal taxes, which were collected from the local merchants.
The decision by provincial governor was taken after the local merchants complained of losing majority of their income.
Provincial governor vowed to cancel the collection of municipal taxes after it is approved by the cabinet meeting.
This comes as the Kandahar municipality recently started collecting taxes from the local merchants.
The local traders complained that the government charges various taxes on their goods.
Local traders also said they are ready to pay taxes at the customs house, but the latest method is not appropriate and they are facing various issues.
In the meantime Kandahar municipality said they collect taxes from all the commodities at the entrance gates of the city.
Provincial governor Dr. Toryalai said he has shared the issue with the officials in capital Kabul.
He also said, they are planning to discuss the issue during the ministers cabinet meeting in order to find a permanent solution to the issue and stop collection of municipal taxes in Kandahar province.
This comes as the food items prices have increased due to various types of taxes payable to the Afghan government, local merchants said.
Author: Javid Ahmad Tanweer