Experts describe the tax system for "blocking" and assert: government is looking for easy-to-revenue
BAGHDAD / Acer Jabbar
Specialists said that the Iraqi tax system "deformed and disabled" despite attempts "timid" to fix it, Adin, that economic reform "will not be" without reforming the tax system, and that this is a "real challenge" for the government, while the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, that the lack of accurate statistics forced the government to seek the imposition of "easy collection and management" taxes, the General Authority for taxes and has made clear it our revenues amounted to one billion and 350 million dollars in 2014 and will increase more this year, the parliamentary finance committee, and called for increasing the tax awareness in the community.
The parliamentary finance committee and promised that Iraq lacks a culture of tax awareness stressing the need for the General Authority for taxes concentrically activity for publishing and strengthened as it requires it modified its law.
The decision of the Committee, Ahmed Hama Rasheed, in an interview for the (long-Presse), said that "Iraq lacks a culture of awareness tax as a result of the lack of industrial activities and trade and investment large, "returned to" Parliament has failed repeatedly in the legislation of laws that support the collection of taxes is wasted on the country's considerable financial resources that can help their budgets that rely almost almost entirely on oil.
"He said Rashid, that" a lot of investment and industrial and commercial companies operating in Iraq evade paying taxes, but they come out of their capital out of Iraq so as not to pay, "Msttrda that" the absence of tax awareness among citizens and merchants requires the General Authority for taxes to intensify its activities for publishing and strengthened as it requires it modified its law .
"In turn, said a member of the Association of Accountants, Mohsen Chuird, in an interview for the (long-Presse)," The tax system in Iraq put an internal economy was controlled by a central considering that the country is rich in oil, "noting that" the tax legislation did not receive the attention necessary by society and the state alike.
"felt Chuird, that" Iraq still lacks real justice in the tax, despite the issuance of many of the laws after the year 2003, "noting that" taxes levied on specific doors without taking into account the standard of living, including those recently imposed by the government on certain goods, as part of its efforts to get out of the current financial crisis, or those that are imposed on property and on certain types of imported goods.
"The member of the Association of Accountants, that" the reform of the Iraqi economy will not be without the tax system reform, "returned that "it is the real challenge for the government to achieve the reforms."
Since the first law to tax in Iraq in 1927 legislation, and until the completion of Law No. (113) for the year 1982, there has been no development or change in the tax legislation, as a result of preoccupation with the former regime, more wars of economic orientation, and after the change in 2003, the CPA issued Order No. (49), which reduced the tax, which was between 40 to 60% in the case of companies, to between 3-15%, but it seems that it "did not achieve justice," social the tax system, nor did they add only 1% of the value of GDP.
so I went back Academy that the tax system in Iraq, "deformed and disabled" despite attempts "timid" to fix it by the government, arguing that the government's actions in this regard "will not achieve" resource nor financially important tax justice. Said the Academy Rafael Hamoudi, said in an interview to the (long-Presse), that the tax system in Iraq deformed and disabled despite the presence of shy attempts of the current government to fix it through national savings decision and removing part of the employees' salaries ", usually that" it will not achieve the financial resource whatever the state does not Tax Justice. "She said Hamoudi, that" tax Ststqta of employees' salaries do not clog only accounted for two percent, any two billion dinars, out of deficit budget of 25 trillion dinars, and the financial savings would be re-staff again. "
While considered the owner of the company, that the applicable taxes today constitutes "stealing" because the state does not offer concrete services to the citizens for them.
He said Abu Nashwan, in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The applicable taxes today constitute a theft," attributing it to the "tax pay for better services, water, electricity, health and the streets, and the cleanliness of parks and recreation, etc., and these are non-existent or underdeveloped will evolve. "He was surprised at the company's owner, who" left the state big money lavish salaries of senior officials capitalists, and stuck to simple or dealer or employee citizen to take him amounts without offering in exchange. "and saw Abu Nashwan, that" the tax in Iraq is far from justice ", asking," Does it make sense to pay taxes exceed a quarter of the value of the house residential or car when converting their ownership. "For his part, source said General Authority for taxes, in an interview for the (long-Presse), said that "tax revenue and despite the reduction of tax 15 percent rate, but it has increased from the previous, due to the expansion of economic activity and import", noting that "the body of the General Tax for the year past 2014 revenues exceeded one billion and 350 million dollars, registering a growth of 13 percent over the year past 2013, "said the source, who requested anonymity, that" it is a great success in spite of the loss of body four ports, border revenues, and more than eight of its branches, because of the repercussions of the takeover Daash gangs terrorist attacks on large areas of the country after the tenth of June 2014 the past, "expected to" an increase revenues during the year the current 2015 ". He said the tax source," The tax does not apply to work the whole production sectors, as it does not include the agricultural sector, although it is a between five to six percent of gross national domestic product, and that the industrial sector is subject to tax, but it does not pay what it of the requirements of being a weak effectiveness does not work nearly well, "he continued that" the sectors in which the tax is calculated on the oil sector, especially companies licensing rounds, which goes directly to the production of the state, according to agreements with the Ministry of oil contracts. "
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