On May 1, the Afghanistan Ministry of Finance recognized and awarded the Best Large Taxpayers from the Large Tax Office (LTO) at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul. DynCorp International (DI) was one of thirty companies invited to attend the awards ceremony, a distinguished honor considering that there are 490 registered companies in the LTO. Those 490 companies make up twelve percent of the national revenue overall and come from multiple business sectors to include Banking, Construction, Security, Communications, Transportation and Food/Non-Alcoholic Beverage. The government-run program aims to raise the level of taxpayer awareness, compliance, promote a positive taxpaying culture, achieve the revenue target, encourage investments and develop economic activities within Afghanistan.
At the ceremony, H.E. Shafiq Ahmad Qarizada, Deputy Minister of Revenue and Customs said, “The Ministry of Finance plans to raise the level of taxpayer compliance and that is why it has launched today’s program in an effort to encourage the large taxpayers who have shown more compliance than other taxpayers.” H.E. Qarizada also stated, “We expect that sound competition to be created among large taxpayers in coming years and to recognize them as best taxpayers we hope will lead to development and standardized economic activities in the country.”
The LTO Awards ceremony was attended by Deputy Ministers, Directors of Government Institutions, Representatives from the National Assembly, and Representatives from the office of the President, Ambassadors, and officials of large companies. DI’s Ken Fox and Sayed Shajjan were also in attendance.