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Iran moves to tax its frequent travelers

The Rouhani administration has come under fire for proposing higher departure taxes for Iranians who travel frequently.
Iranian pilgrims wait at the Imam Khomeini Airport as they depart for the annual haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Tehran, Iran July 31, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi /TIMA via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS ñ THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1534FF7A20
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A threefold increase in the departure tax proposed by the government has prompted outrage among many Iranians. The proposed hike is part of the administration’s new budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, starting March 21, 2018. President Hassan Rouhani submitted the draft budget to parliament Dec. 10, but the controversy surrounding the document may prevent its approval.

The proposal of a new government budget in Iran has always been accompanied by a great deal of debate. However, the latest draft seems to be drawing more criticism than before, particularly in the parts that involve departure taxes.

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