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This advisory is an update on compliance matters in Afghanistan. Changes to the business licensing process. The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has merged into the Central Business Registry (CBR) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI). AISA previously issued investment licenses while CBR issued business registration certificates. So far the following changes have resulted: The hard copy license has been redesigned and is now called a business license, including both AISA and CBR numbers.

Issue 18

New FAQ for military contractors. Resolute Support has issued a new version of its Contracting in Afghanistan BSA/SOFA Guidelines, available here. More information about licensing, visas, weapons permits and taxes is available here, with supporting documents here.

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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