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'Not allowed to impose tax on residents’ - Taxation linked to citizenship: expert
April 17, 2014, 10:38 am

Constitutional Expert Dr Mohammed Al-Feli said it is not allowed to impose tax on the residents in line with the constitutional concept related to the stability of the country; yet, it is possible to impose fees as long as the citizens and residents benefit from the services provided by the State, reports Al-Rai daily. He explained the democratic systems usually link tax with citizenship as it is considered a way of financing the country’s activities, since the citizen is a stable element in the country.

Therefore, it is not possible to impose tax on a resident since he is not a stable element and it then follows that such an element cannot be used to finance the national treasury, he added. He pointed out tax is imposed on the citizens only to guarantee continuity and stability despite the fact that some taxes can be imposed on the economic activities of citizens and residents, such as the tax for possession of a real estate property.

He went on to say that tax is money taken from the people and it is related to a number of public services; compared to the fees paid by those who enjoy certain services which are offered to both the citizens and residents. According to Al-Feli, taxes were imposed on foodstuffs and real estate properties, as well as the pearl extraction process, during the time of Sheikh Mubarak Al-Kabeer.

In England, tax was imposed on each person who wanted to keep his beard because the king at that time wanted income for the country. Moreover, France imposed taxes on windows which are open toward the external side.

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