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Months after tax crisis, Jordanians protest new law

Jordanians say the new draft income tax law is too similar to the one that brought down the last government in May.

Omar Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan's new prime minister on June 15 after a week of nationwide protests against a controversial income tax bill that ended in the dismissal of the government of Hani Al-Mulki. Three months later, Razzaz is now facing harsh criticism over a new draft of the same law, unveiled Sept. 11 following intense deliberations with the International Monetary Fund.

Passing a new income tax law that expands tax brackets and controls tax evasion is part of a fiscal reform program with the IMF intended to offset Jordan’s budget deficit and facilitate foreign loans to support the state treasury.

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