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Egyptian judges question motives behind income tax increase

Based on a decision recently issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Finance, judges will be paying a higher amount of tax moving forward, and some believe the decision is aimed at punishing the judiciary.

CAIRO — Egypt’s State Council Judges Club and the Administrative Prosecution Authority Judges Club each held meetings Sept. 14 to discuss changes from the tax authority that will increase income taxes on Egypt’s judges, a judicial source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.

The Supreme Judicial Council held a meeting on the same day in which its head, Abdallah Amin Asr, said he understands the woes and interests of the judges. He promised to be in contact with the Ministry of Finance but thus far has been unable to get the tax increase repealed. The Egyptian Ministry of Finance issued a decision June 17 whereby judges’ salaries would be subject to a higher income tax, raising the ire in judicial circles.

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