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Murad wants gov’t to exempt fines on taxpayers from sales and income taxes

By Petra - Jan 12,2016 - Last updated at Jan 12,2016

AMMAN — Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC) President Issa Murad on Monday called on the government to extend exempting fines on taxpayers from sales and income taxes. He said that extending the exemption period would contribute to continuing receiving tax revenues and encouraging institutions to pay their taxes without any fines, especially under the deteriorating commercial activity and scarce liquidity.

In a memo sent to Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Murad underscored the importance of boosting private-public cooperation in this phase to stimulate economic activities and increase the pace of growth. The decisions include ways to collect cumulative public money from previous years, where taxpayers are exempted from fines and legal interests once they pay the original sum.

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The fines are unfairly imposed onto the taxpayers; an example is: If someone or some business was to unintentionally make a mistake on their tax submission. It usually takes the government 2 to 3 years to investigate and discover the mistake. Excessive and burdensome fines for the 2 to 3 years are then imposed onto the taxpayer. The taxpayers are unfairly being fined for the slow review process of the government.

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