The series of taxes and fees does not stop.. the continuation of favoring the rich at the expense of the poor

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In unprecedented greed and without fear of the people, parliamentary oversight or civil society, the Sisi regime continues to kill Egyptians, every day, bypassing the annual custom that used to impose fees, taxes and price increases in July of each year, which turned into a permanent policy for days The year, when the Egyptians read the tragic news of increases, new fees, and increases in taxes without mercy or pity, in a way that threatens the lives of the people who live in poverty and destitution on a daily basis.

This was recently renewed by the decision of the Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevin Al-Kabbaj, No. 561 of 2021, regarding the imposition of additional fees on railway tickets for the first and second classes, cinemas and amusement parks, as well as telegraphic and postal messages, for a period of one month starting from December 1, 2021.

The decision stipulated directing the proceeds of those fees to the “Project Support Fund for NGOs and Institutions” of the Ministry of Social Solidarity, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 149 of 2019 regulating the practice of civil work, and its executive regulations issued on January 15, 2021.

Perhaps the ministries’ approach to imposing new fees on community services that may be far from the jurisdiction of that ministry is something that deserves a lot of attention, as it opens a door for government sustenance by the ministries, to cover their projects and programs in violation of the constitution, which provides for the financing of these projects from the state’s general budget, which It is approved at the beginning of the fiscal year annually, which begins in July of each year.

However, the decision of the Minister of Solidarity in the coup government, which is new to collect from the pockets of the Egyptians, may be caused by Sisi’s random decisions issued months ago to stop appointments and renewals, pay dues to employees and stop promotions and programs that need funding for a period of 6 months on the pretext of providing government expenditures, which in its premise are consistent with economic policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund on Egypt.

These are what economists consider economic disasters, exacerbating the social and economic problems in Egypt, stricken by the rule of the military.

Experts say that the approach of imposing fees can be bypassed by subjecting the army’s economic activities and those not related to industries or military and security matters to taxes or fees suffered by the civilian economy, which achieves billions of wasted capable of enriching the general Egyptian people and achieving an unprecedented financial abundance in Egypt, especially since the army controls It accounts for about 60% of Egypt’s economy, according to the estimates of the Carnegie Endowment for Middle East Research and the World Bank, as well as the US Congress, whose members have become surprised by providing military aid to the army, despite its wealth and its seizure of most of the economic activities in Egypt, since the military coup in 2013.

The fees preceded a series of decisions, tax policies and retaliatory fees from the Egyptian people, issued by the Minister of Finance and the House of Representatives of the military coup.

Two days ago, Parliament finally agreed to amend some provisions of Value Added Tax Law No. 67 of 2016, which aims to impose new taxes on the sale or rent of shops, at 1%, and on soap products, detergents, and advertising services at a value of 14%, as well as subjecting E-commerce transactions are taxed at 14%.

He initially approved a draft law amending some provisions of Stamp Tax Law No. 111 of 1980, Law No. 147 of 1984 for the development of state financial resources, and Law No. 74 of 1999 imposing a tax in return for entering theaters and other entertainment venues, which imposes more taxes. And fees, at a time when the people are groaning under the weight of high prices, and high rates of inflation as a result of the continuous increase in prices.

The project imposed a new fee of 10% of the invoice value for customs purposes for 35 commodities, the most important of which are fish included in the customs tariff item, fresh and dried fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate, perfumes, cosmetics, mills, food mixers, hair dryers, headphones, earphones, watches, motorcycles, scooters, toys and cigarette lighters.

This is in addition to a fee of 100 pounds upon leaving the Egyptian territory, and 50 pounds for foreigners coming for the purpose of tourism to the governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai, Luxor, Aswan and Matrouh.

Prior to that, Sisi and his regime exacerbated the suffering of all Egyptians by increasing the prices of electricity, water and gas, and raising the prices of fuel and energy for domestic use and industry, which increased the costs of life and living, significantly adding millions of Egyptians to the cycle of poverty that swallows more than 65% of the people, more than 80% in poverty. The extreme, with whom they cannot even provide food for themselves, which negatively affects the Egyptian society with the increase in suicide and murder crimes, which is what the Egyptians followed in the killing of an engineer for his wife and then his suicide in the Shubra area of ​​Qalyubia, recently, which is repeated on a daily basis in Egypt’s neighborhoods and squares as a result of poverty and want.

Which reveals the extent of what Egyptians suffer today and tomorrow under a repressive rule that relies on taxation and favors the rich at the expense of the poor, expanding in luxuries and building palaces for the rich and those who have money, in the resorts of the administrative capital and the new majesty and Alamein, and in the presidential luxury planes “Queen of the Sky”. And in the processions that cost the state budget billions, while the people eat garbage, poultry hulls, and the remains of restaurants.

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