Dozens book publishers, sellers staged demonstration in Kabul

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KABUL: Dozens of book sellers and publishers staged demonstration yesterday for paying tax.
Head of Afghanistan book sellers and publishers’ union Dr. Ajmal Aazem told BNA, “Finance Ministry has closed book sellers’ centers for not paying tax, adding there is no law in a world country in connection with taxes of book sellers and publishers.”
“If tax is implemented on book sellers and publishers, price of books will increase in book-selling markets, while economical condition of Afghan students and teachers is not satisfactory to buy books. Therefore, it is the duty of Ministry of Information and Culture to solve the problem.” Aazem said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Ministry of Finance Abdul Qader Jailani says book sellers and publishers should pay 20% tax according to the law, but they are exempted from tax according to media law.
It is needed the law should be delivered to the council of ministers for further decision.
Acting Minister of Information and culture Prof. Farahi met with representatives of book sellers and publishers and as a result, the protest ended. The Kabul Times

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