Gaza car dealers compelled to pay tax increase
Published Saturday 22/09/2012 (updated) 23/09/2012 13:03
Import taxes on foreign cars were increased from 50 to 75 percent
earlier this month. (MaanImages/File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The government in Gaza is enforcing a recent tax increase for car importers, the head of a car dealers association said on Saturday.
The Hamas-run government has seized more than 200 vehicles and shut down several companies to compel importers to pay the tax rise, Ismail al-Nakhaleh said.
Import taxes on foreign cars were increased from 50 to 75 percent earlier this month. Gaza transport ministry officials said revenue from the 25 percent rise would be used to pave the roads in Gaza.
Al-Nakhaleh said overall custom duties and taxes imposed on car dealers in Gaza now totals 120 to 135 per cent.