Jordan tax chief reports 50% decrease in tax evasion

The exterior of the Income and Sales Tax Department in Amman. (Photo: Twitter)
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AMMAN — Hossam Abu Ali, director-general of the Income and Sales Tax Department, announced a substantial decline in tax evasion and tax avoidance by 50 percent compared to three years ago. اضافة اعلان

The achievement can be attributed to the government's implementation of structural reforms aimed at ensuring tax justice, as reported by Al-Rai daily.

Abu Ali acknowledged that the exact value of losses incurred due to tax evasion operations remains uncertain, with multiple estimates from different sources. However, he refrained from providing specific details.

Increase in tax collections
Abu Ali emphasized that the rise in tax collections over the past three years, particularly in income tax, serves as concrete evidence of the government's triumph in curbing tax evasion and avoidance by both taxpayers and entities indebted to the state.

Furthermore, he revealed that tax collection figures for the initial five months of 2023 exhibited a significant surge.

During this period, the total collections amounted to JD2.770 billion, compared to JD2.492 billion in the corresponding period last year, signifying an increase of JD278 million.

Abu Ali clarified that the growth in revenues encompasses both income and sales taxes. Specifically, income tax collections until the end of May this year reached JD1.101 billion, compared to JD859 million during the same period in 2022, further substantiating the success in combating tax evasion.

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