Tunisia: Parliament adopts several measures against tax evasion

Aug 13, 2014

The Tunisian parliament has adopted several measures to enhance transparency and fight tax evasion, included in articles 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the supplementary finance law for 2014.

The Tunisian parliament has adopted several measures to enhance transparency and fight tax evasion, included in articles 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the supplementary finance law for 2014.

According to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Hakim Ben Hammouda, they will allow the country to set up a transparent financial and tax system, Tunis Afrique Presse agency reports.

The minister stressed the importance of financial transparency in tax matters, adding that the veil will be progressively lifted on bank secrecy.

He added that Tunisia has undertaken to apply the rules on international financial transparency, noting that a delegation from Transparency International is expected to come in October to assess the degree of compliance with these rules.

Tax evasion has grown in Tunisia causing a significant shortfall in terms of public resources, said former head of the interim government Ali Larayedh in June 2013, quoted by the newspaper Business Flood.

He explained that control operations showed the Tunisian State has lost TND992 million (€433 million) to fraud.ADNFCR-2976-ID-801741661-ADNFCR