In order to gain a sense of how pervasive Afghan tax issues are, SIGAR would appreciate your organization's response to the short survey. Without your input, it will be much more difficult to quantify the taxes or fees being paid, and more challenging to find relief for firms facing tax assessments.  

Issue 26

His Excellency Mr. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, the Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has approved a wonderful new streamlined procedure for the Afghanistan Revenue Department (ARD), Tax Exemptions and Rulings Directorate to be able to review Tax Exemption Confirmation (TEC) Applications, without the need for a complete or redacted copy of the contract for both prime and subcontractors performing under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) or NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

Issue 25

The Senior Economic Advisor to the President, His Excellency Ajmal Ahmady has been successfully implementing a long list of reforms in many areas to facilitate investment. We took the opportunity to highlight some of them below.

Issue 24

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI), led by His Excellency Minister Humayoon Rasaw, has been successfully implementing a long list of reforms in many areas, but particularly relevant are policies to facilitate investment. We take this opportunity to highlight some of these below. 

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Issue 23

The Ministry of Finance (MOF), led by His Excellency Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, has successfully been implementing a long list of reforms in many areas, but particularly relevant to the public are those in the Afghanistan Revenue Department (ARD).

Issue 22

he Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) went into effect 1 Jan 2015, requiring business licenses and visas for all contractors working for the U.S. Department of Defense or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (DOD/NATO). Consequently, many DOD/NATO contractors first registered in Afghanistan in 2015.

Issue 21

As discussed in previous advisories, the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) applies to U.S. Department of Defense and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (DOD/NATO) contracts awarded after 1 Jan 2015 (Post-BSA). 

Issue 20

Potential legacy taxes resolution. Today, the U.S. Embassy Kabul and the Resolute Support mission briefed U.S. contractors on a recommendation, to be submitted by 28 Nov 2016 by the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) for subsequent Afghan Cabinet approval, to forgive the collection of certain taxes that may (or may not) be due by DOD and NATO contractors and subcontractors for work they performed in Afghanistan prior to 1 January 2015 (called “legacy” tax issues).

Issue 19

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.

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