Tajik tax chief officer claims that the 2019 tax collection target was not fulfilled due to wider use of Internet

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Tajik tax chief officer complains that people have become call less frequently and communicate more on the Internet.

The Tax Committee under the Government of Tajikistan attributes its failure to fulfill the 2019 tax collection target to activities of mobile companies.

Last year, Tajikistan reached 96.1 percent of its tax collection target, Nusratullo Davlatzoda, head of the Tax Committee under the Government of Tajikistan, told reporters in Dushanbe on February 12.

According to him the budget received 516 million somoni (equivalent to more than 56 million U.S. dollars) less than it was originally planned.

Of this amount, 432 million somoni were lost due activities of mobile companies, Davlatzoda said.

Since 2015, mobile companies have been gradually moving from voice service of customers to other modern kinds of service, which are not regulated by the country's legislation. Today everything is done via the Internet, and we have begun to receive taxes in small amounts, Tajik tax chief officer noted.

He further added that many mobile companies had slowed down their activities compared to the previous years, and some of them are losing the market.

On the one hand, the revenue part of the budget is growing annually, but on the other hand, tax sources are declining, Davlatzoda concluded.

Source: Asia plus