5% remit­tance fee pro­posal re­jected

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - — Al-Rai

KUWAIT: Ex­pa­tri­ates may be­come as­sured that they will not have to pay five per­cent fees on their money trans­fers out­side Kuwait, as the par­lia­ment leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee found a con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tion in the Par­lia­men­tary pro­posal that calls for en­forc­ing the fee. Mean­while, the com­mit­tee ap­proved a pro­posal to re­quire com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren born in Kuwait at the gov­ern­ment’s ex­pense. Rap­por­teur of the Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee MP Ah­mad Al-Qud­haibi said there is a con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tion in the pro­posal in re­gards to im­pos­ing a five per­cent fee on financial trans­fers made by ex­pats. There­fore, the panel de­cided to seek the opin­ion of the con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts’ team at the as­sem­bly, Qud­haibi said. Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ab­del­rah­man Al-Jeeran said the adap­ta­tion of the five per­cent fee on trans­fers goes un­der the tax item and asked “what are the ser­vices ren­dered so tax can be im­posed?” he asked, ar­gu­ing that taxes are not al­lowed un­der sharia laws.

Mean­while, Jeeran said the com­mit­tee ap­proved a pro­posed law mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion com­pul­sory for non-Kuwaitis born in Kuwait, and the gov­ern­ment would bear the ex­penses. This law cov­ers the stages from kinder­garten through the mid­dle school stage.

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