Gov’t ‘violated Constitution’ by delaying budget handover — MP

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AMMAN — Head of Parliament’s Economy and Investment Committee Omar Al-Naber said the government has “violated the Constitution” by failing to hand over the 2023 Draft General Budget Law to Parliament on time. اضافة اعلان

He cited the fact that he, a member of the Financial Committee, received the draft law for review “10 days after the scheduled date”.

Article 112 of Jordan’s Constitution states: “The draft law covering the General Budget shall be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution at least one month before the beginning of the financial year.”

According to Naber, Jordan is the next-to-last country globally in terms of time allotted for Parliament to review and discuss the budget, after Mexico, Jo24 reported.

Furthermore, the MP said, the government “did not take into account any of the recommendations” of the parliamentary Financial Committee, despite the fact that some of these recommendations would save Treasury funds.

The government is also expecting 50 percent of its increase in revenues to come from sales tax on goods and services, however, according to Naber, this is “unconstitutional in terms of progressive taxation”, as the sales tax “is levied on the poor before the rich”.

The MP was referring to Article 111 of Jordan’s Constitution, which states: “In imposing taxes, the Government shall be guided by the principles of progressive taxation, coupled with the attainment of equality and social justice, provided that taxation shall not exceed the capacity of tax-payers or the State’s requirements for funds.”

In progressive taxation, the rate of taxation is linked to a taxpayer’s income or wealth.

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