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Since 2009, Afghanistan Holding Group has provided professional business services including, accounting, auditing, taxation, payroll, research and monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and cutting-edge technology services.

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AHG provides professional business services including taxation, accounting, auditing, payroll administration, procurement, and turnkey compliance and legal services. AHG employs over 180 full-time, highly qualified Afghans in Kabul, Mazar, Herat and Kandahar, calling on an additional 800 professionals across all 34 provinces for specific short term support.

  • Issue 10

    Presidential Decree 38

    25 Jan 2015

    The Afghan Government has instituted a transition period from 1 Jan 2015 to 1 Jun 2015 allowing for a phased implementation of new processes agreed under the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and the Status of Forces Agreement with NATO. This advisory summarizes the implications of this Presidential Decree.

  • Issue 11

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    10 March 2015

    In continuation of our series, this issue discusses licensing, visas, weapons permits and taxation for contractors and subcontractors operating under the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) or NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), including a transition period announced in Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIROA) Presidential Decree 38.

  • Issue 12

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    10 May 2015

    In continuation of our series, this issue discusses licensing, visas inside/outside Afghanistan and taxation. This information is only applicable to DoD or NATO non-Afghan prime or subcontractors in Afghanistan.

  • Issue 13

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    23 June 2015

    This advisory is generally applicable to all entities operating in Afghanistan including prime/sub, corporate/NGO, Afghan/non-Afghan. There are special provisions for military contractors which are labeled as such.

  • Issue 14

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    22 September 2015

    There have been a number of changes in Afghan regulations over the past month. The BSA (for DOD) and SOFA (for NATO) entered into force on 1 Jan 2015 requiring all military contractors to abide by Afghan law, including with respect to business licensing, visas, weapons permits and ...

  • Issue 15

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    29 December 2015

    Visa renewals for military contractors currently inside Afghanistan have not started yet. However, all Afghan Embassies and Consulates outside Afghanistan (listed here: http://mfa.gov.af/en/page/4183/3884) should be issuing multiple entry visas. The new BSA visa process is as follows, which bears similarities to the traditional, non-BSA visa process

  • Issue 16

    Annual Income Tax Returns (AITR) for Afghan fiscal year 1394 ended 20 Dec 2015 are due one month from today - by 21 March 2016. Tax exemption confirmations from the Ministry of Finance for all tax exempt contracts should be applied for as early as possible because they should be included with your AITR. More information -- and the new BSA/SOFA Contractor

  • Issue 17

    The Business Receipts Tax (BRT) rate was increased from 2% to 4% on the cost price of all imported goods, in addition to customs duty. This BRT is treated as an advance payment for quarterly business receipts tax payable (Article 64). The standard quarterly BRT rate was increased from 2% to 4% on all gross income received (before any deductions) effective 1 Sunbula 1394 (23 Aug 2015). The 5% BRT rate (for hotels or restaurants earning more than 750,000 Afghani), and the 10% BRT rate (for telecom, airlines and superior hotels/restaurants) remain the same.

  • Issue 2

    Important Afghanistan compliance information

    15 February 2014

    The 1392 fiscal year ended 20 December 2013 with income tax returns due by 20 March 2014. If your assigned Financial Manager from AHG has not yet provided you with the list of items needed to prepare your return, please email Ishfaq Shah at ishfaq.shah@ahg.af.

  • Issue 3

    Updates on Afghanistan tax compliance

    March 30th, 2014

    Two of the four complex attacks this week were in the immediate vicinity of AHG facilities in Darulaman and Karte Seh. Given the ongoing security crisis in Afghanistan, our Kabul headquarters will be closed until 7 April 2014. We will still try to respond via email, and appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

  • Issue 4

    Introducing Afghanistan Compliance Services

    May 23rd, 2014

    Introducing Afghanistan Compliance Services; Afghanistan Holding Group is pleased to announce and recommend the latest expansion of services offered by our preferred law firm, Afghanistan Compliance Services. We highly recommend ALS due to their commitment to efficiency, integrity and accountability.

  • Issue 5

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    May 30th, 2014

    ividend Withholding Tax Ruling on Exempt Contracts. On 18 May 2014, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Objections and Review Department issued a final ruling that dividend withholding tax does not apply to contracts holding tax exemption confirmations.

  • Issue 6

    Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

    July 2nd, 2014

    Half way through 2014 the political, economic and business climate in Afghanistan grows increasingly challenging. We are pleased to provide this analysis of risks that could impact your business operations in Afghanistan.

  • Issue 7

    BSA/SOFA Ratification

    18 Oct 2014

    On 30 September 2014, on its first day after inauguration, the new Afghan administration signed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO. This advisory summarizes our understand of the implications for contractors operating in Afghanistan.

  • Issue 8

    New Visa Policy

    29 Nov 2014

    All contractor and subcontractor employees working in Afghanistan, including those limited to military bases, will be required to hold Afghan visas. On 12 Nov 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a new policy to all Counselor missions worldwide regarding visas.

  • Issue 9

    BSA/SOFA Developments

    20 Dec 2014

    This issue highlights the latest developments regarding the implications of the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and the Status of Forces Agreement with NATO, including work visas, business license registration, weapons permits and payroll tax withholding.

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