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RTDMS to bring transparency in tax collection

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has informed that Real Time Data Management System (RTDMS)to monitor collection of the 10 percent taxes from telecom services in the country has been signed between the respective ministry and Bustos Group, an American company.
The contract on the system is signed at a time when Afghan citizens are complaining of collection of the 10 percent taxes from telecom services in the country. They say it has not been clear so far whether the taxes go to the national budget or go missing.
Haleem, a Kabul resident, told The Kabul Times correspondent, “Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) has collected the 10 percent taxes from telecom services in the country for the past three four years. I think the ministry has not shared information regarding the money they have collected so far from telecom services.”
Another resident of Kabul city, Nadia, who is not happy about collection of the 10 percent taxes from telecom services in the country, says no changes have been seen in life condition of the people in the country although the government has collected millions of dollars from telecom services in the country. She asked the government for attention in this regard.
The ministry of telecommunication and information technology has finally inked a contract on new data management system with an American company (Bustos Group) to monitor collection of the 10 percent taxes from telecom services.
After signing the contract with representative of the American company, Shahzad Gul Aryoubi, minister of telecommunication and information technology, said: “The contract worth $11.1 million is for 15 months. During the first four months, the company will provide the condition for managing and overseeing the gathering of the 10 percent taxes from telecom services in the country.” He said that after the first four months, other parts of Real Time Data Management System, such as overseeing the quality of telecom services and monitoring the telecom companies’ incomes, will be established. 
“It was a question from the people that where the 10 percent taxes go. Following the activation of this system, the question will be responded. This system will record every Afghani taken from the people and the money goes to government’s treasury,” Aryoubi added.
He said that so far, more than 14.5 billion afghani has been collected from the 10 percent taxes on telecom services. 
It is worth mentioning that so far there has been no electronic system for monitoring of the taxes collection and now the ministry has signed the contract to oversee revenues generated from tax on telecom companies.
Shukria Kohistani

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