UGTT calls for digitisation of tax department | Tunisia News Gazette

UGTT calls for digitisation of tax department

Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) research expert Abdelrahmen El Lahga said the union is calling for the digitisation of the tax department and the use of e-invoicing for strategic consumer products such as subsidized products and drugs.

Speaking at a study day on the 2018 finance law organised on Thursday at the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), he said electronic invoicing will control these products and protect them against smuggling or illegal use.

For the expert, the agreement by the UGTT on the payment of the solidarity social contribution to the social security funds is part of an agreement between the social parties to preserve the social protection system provided these funds will be paid to social funds.

He also called for the need to review the law on banks and financial institutions adopted in 2016 to encourage banks to refinance new investments.

For his part, the chairman of the Taxation Committee under the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Taoufik El Aribi said the employers’ organisation call not to put further strain on companies by additional taxes.

He also expressed his satisfaction at the continued dialogue with the government on the 2018 budget bill, adding that UTICA calls for simplifying tax procedures and reforming the administration.

In his speech, Mongi Rahoui, Chairman of the Finance, Planning and Development Committee said the 2018 Finance Law will bring about an increase in prices of commodities, hydrocarbons and transport.

While calling the finance law “a source of tension”, he emphasised the need not to always demand sacrifice from those who fulfill their tax obligations and from companies facing difficulties.

Only 25% of the overall businesses (136 thousand) make profits, he added.

Source: TAP News Agency

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