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Egypt To Up Scrutiny Of Self-Employed Persons

Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com

13 March 2015


The Egyptian tax authorities wish to step up tax compliance efforts to ensure the correct payment of taxes among self-employed professionals.

The Minister of Finance, Hany Kadry Dimian, has said that he is considering a proposal to open six new tax offices dedicated to dealing with this sector, referred to as the "non-commercial" professional sector, which includes doctors, architects, accountants, lawyers, and similar professions. He noted that tax revenues from this sector have not increased at the same rate as in the commercial and industrial sectors.

Plans under consideration also include establishing and encouraging information sharing between different government departments and between the tax authorities and the various professional members' associations. Already underway is a program of liaison and education, with officials visiting the offices of professionals to provide assistance on tax matters.

Undersecretary Samira Farag suggested that the Government may focus its efforts on medical professionals, with doctors accounting for 48 percent of the sector's income tax liability.

In relation to all industries, she said that there has been some success in encouraging self-employed persons to fully declare income, with tax revenues from the "sector" increasing by 22 percent in 2012, but she said there is still a long way to go to raise compliance to acceptable levels.

TAGS: compliance | tax | tax compliance | law | accounting | education | professionals | Egypt

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