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On Monday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc revealed the existence of a large political consensus to approve the draft federal budget law for the year 2023, while indicating that there are differences over some of its clauses, including the tax clause.
The representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Bloc, Majid Shankali, said in a press interview, which was seen by “Takadum”, that “there is a great political consensus to approve the budget law, and it will be voted on in the coming days.”
Shankali added, “However, there is a disagreement over some matters that delayed the approval of the budget law in Parliament, including the article related to taxation, given that there is a rejection by some members of Parliament of the aforementioned article by amending or deleting it from the law.”
He pointed out that “the other dispute is related to Article 62 of the Budget Law, which stipulates the authority of the Prime Minister to conduct financial transfers, also there is a disagreement on it by the representatives between rejecting and amending the mentioned article.”
Shinkali explained, "The other paragraph is related to proposals and observations by some members of parliament on the Kurdistan Region's budget," adding, "Certainly we will not accept that and with what was agreed upon politically and the text of the agreement in the budget."
The draft general budget law for the year 2023, which is expected to be approved by Parliament, includes a new tax called the “airport tax”, which is the imposition of 25 thousand dinars on every traveler outside the country.
The bill also included a paragraph included in the budget requiring the return of taxes on mobile phone recharge cards, while the Minister of Communications, Hayam al-Yasiri, denied re-imposing this tax on mobile phone and Internet recharge cards.
It is scheduled that the House of Representatives will hold a special session during the next few days, to vote on the draft general federal budget law, after the Finance Committee completes its final report on the draft law.
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