SIGAR to Investigate ISOA's Unfair Afghan Tax Concerns
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Posted by: Howie Lind
WASHINGTON, DC (April 12, 2018) – The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has announced that it will initiate an audit of taxes and fees levied by the Afghan government on U.S. government contractors working in country.
"These unfair taxation practices by the Government of Afghanistan have bedeviled ISOA companies and other U.S. contractors working for the U.S. Government in Afghanistan for far too long," Howie Lind, ISOA President and Executive Director said.
"These unfair tax collections have resulted in a direct assault on the U.S. taxpayer. ISOA is proud to have worked hand-in-glove with many affected companies, appealing to both the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, and finally to the U.S. Congress, in order to try and resolve these confounding issues with the Afghan government. We worked closely with Senator James Inhofe’s office and SIGAR representatives, providing first-hand knowledge of abuses in tax collections in Afghanistan. We are excited to see SIGAR take this action, and stand ready to help in any way we can."
SIGAR released a statement saying they are "initiating an audit of taxes and fees the Afghan government has levied on contractors supporting U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. In addition to identifying the amount and types of taxes and fees assessed, this audit will examine the U.S. government's role in safeguarding U.S. taxpayer dollars from unnecessary taxation and will evaluate the extent to which past taxation issues have been resolved. We are initiating this work in response to a request from Senator James Inhofe and our awareness of continued disputes regarding these issues."
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