EGYPT:DOZENS OF LAWYERS GATHER IN DEMONSTRATION AGAINST VAT LAW

Dozens of lawyers gathered on Saturday in a demonstration in front of Egypt’s High Court in protest against the recently-passed value-added tax (VAT) law.

Head of the lawyer’s syndicate Sameh Ashour said in a statement on Tuesday that the syndicate “rejects” the law as it “violates technical, scientific and legal standards applied in all countries”.

Ashour said that while the law did not articulate any obligation on practitioners of liberal professions, which include lawyers, it still did not define the term “professional and consulting services”.

Syndicate member Mohamed Othman told Aswat Masriya that though the legal profession falls under “liberal professions”, as per Article 198 of the constitution, the VAT law obligates lawyers to register themselves in tax offices to be subject to the VAT .

Othman added that “lawyers are already subject to a number of taxes including the tax imposed on liberal professions.”

It is not yet clear whether the VAT will cancel the other taxes imposed on lawyers, as the bylaws stipulated by the Ministry of Finance are yet to be released.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK