AMMAN — Abstaining from imposing new taxes or increasing existing ones over the past few years highlights the “success” of tax reforms in the Kingdom, the director general of the Tax Department said recently. Revenue and Sales (ISTD), Hussam Abu Ali.
At a recent virtual roundtable hosted by the Jordan Economic Forum (JEF), Abu Ali said the department’s revenue in 2021 is JD5.213 billion, including JD1.176 billion as income tax. revenue and JD4.36 billion as sales tax, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
During the session, JEF Chairman MP Khair Abu Sailek praised the recent level and efficiency of the tax administration, which has made “remarkable” progress in tax reform, adding that additional measures should be taken in this regard.
Abu Sailek also stressed the need to promote “fiscal culture”, calling on the government to use the media in this regard.
To put an end to tax-related collection distortions, he stressed the need to better train tax auditors, citing complaints related to their practices made in violation of the law.
Abu Sailek also called for stepping up the integration of electronic channels to audit and inspect taxpayers, stressing the need to balance direct and indirect levies and revise sales tax.
JEF member Senator Issa Murad said the Income and Sales Tax Department (ISTD) had recently adopted “modern approaches” while dealing with taxpayers in a “transparent manner”.
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