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The Egyptian Tax Authority warns of pending administrative freeze on 13 petroleum companies; Ministry of Finance refuses to settle the debts

The Egyptian Tax Authority warned 13 public and private/public petroleum companies that they face an administrative freeze, and it has refused to accept their tax returns to date. This follows the Ministry of Finance having refused to settle the companies’ tax debt, which is estimated at EGP 3bn owed to the Tax Authority, according to …

Daily News Egypt

Orascom acquitted of Egyptian tax evasion claims

Reuters – Orascom Construction has been cleared by an Egyptian public prosecutor of all tax evasion claims related to the sale of a building seven years ago to French peer Lafarge in Egypt, Orascom’s Dutch parent OCI said on Tuesday. Orascom, a subsidiary of chemicals and engineering company OCI, asked the prosecutor to clear the company’s name following …

Daily News Egypt

Orascom Construction suspends tax payment to Egypt

Reuters – Orascom Construction Industries has suspended payment of a 31 December instalment of an EGP 7.1bn ($1.02bn) tax settlement with Egypt’s government, its Amsterdam-listed parent company OCI NV said on Wednesday. The settlement was agreed last April, when Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was still in office, and related to claims the company had failed …

Daily News Egypt

The IMF loan in the context of economic reform

The air of ambiguity surrounding Egypt’s receipt of the IMF loan provides a distraction from what the loan is really about, and the clandestine nature of the negotiations goes a long way towards substantiating the true objective of the loan. For the sake of dodging bouts of public rage in times when they’re as frequent …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Investment and our bipolar administration

Drops of tax “reforms” have been percolating from the cabinet to the public over the past few days, leaving the latter surprised, bewildered and anxious as to what’s yet to come. Wednesday the government approved a progressive income tax and variety of taxes on the securities market. Yesterday, a one per cent bump in sales …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Egypt cellular carriers condemn new tax-per-minute proposition

By Hend El-Behary A wave of condemnation from Egypt’s main cellular carriers Mobinil, Vodafone and Etislat followed Finance Minister Momtaz El-Saeed’s unexpected suggestion to impose per minute taxes on mobile phone calls last Monday. El-Saeed declared the ministry is studying the feasibility of a one piastre per minute fee on every mobile phone call as a …

Daily News Egypt

Tax Authroity new head vowes to boost tax revenues

Egypt’s Tax Authority (TA) hopes to increase tax revenues to EGP 230 billion, according to newly appointed chairman Mamdouh Omar. The TA plans to promote new leadership to ensure justice within the body, Omar told a meeting with heads of regional bureaus and managers of different departments on Monday. According to commentators, taxation in Egypt …

Islam Serour