Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, ordered on Sunday the formation of the first integrated tax appeal committee to settle tax disputes between taxpayers and the Egyptian Tax Authority.
The committee will specialise in disputes related to the taxes stipulated in the income tax law, the stamp tax law, the financial resources development fee law, and the value-added tax law.
The committee is concerned with appeals referred from the central administrations of the Large and Medium Taxpayers centres, the Large Free Professions Taxpayers centres, and the Fourth Cairo Tax Administration. The committee aims to speed up the settlement of tax disputes, collect due taxes, facilitate procedures for taxpayers, and stimulate investment in Egypt to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development goals.
Maait said in a statement that the formation of this committee is consistent with the Unified Tax Procedures Law. The new law achieves an unprecedented legislative shift. Under the law, taxpayers can submit their tax returns electronically, aligning with the objectives of the national project for modernizing and automating the tax management system. A unified tax registration number is assigned to each taxpayer, who is required to use it in all transactions, notifications, records, documents, invoices, and any other correspondence in order to save time and effort, achieve accuracy, reduce human intervention, and establish the foundations of tax justice.
He explained that the ministry is proceeding at an accelerated pace in developing tax appeal committees in a way that ensures reducing the period of consideration of the dispute and achieving tax justice, as the tax appeal committees succeeded in establishing many legal principles that contribute to facilitating the settlement of tax disputes, and protecting the rights of each party in accordance with the law without prejudice to the confidentiality of tax data of taxpayers.