Maungdaw, Arakan State: The income tax officer is going to collect double tax from old vehicles’ owners in Maungdaw since October 31, said a vehicles’ owner.
“The new civilianized government had announced to hand over the old vehicles to the authority and will issue a permit to import a new vehicle but in Maungdaw and Buthidaung most of the owners of old vehicle are Rohingya community and not able to hand over the old vehicles in Akyab for restriction of movement.”
“The old vehicles’ owners from northern Arakan were sold their old vehicles to Rakhine community from Akyab who are working on this business.”
The Maungdaw income tax office issued a letter to all the old vehicles’ owners to meet the officer on October 31, where the Assistant income tax officer Sein Shin asked the owners to pay sell tax who sold their vehicles, said an officer from income tax office of Maungdaw.
“The sale tax was paid by Rakhine who bought the vehicles from Rohingya and paid tax in Akyab before they handed over the vehicles to authority to get a permit to import a new vehicle.”
“Usually the sale tax is paid by buyer not from seller.”
Now the Maungdaw income tax officer is asking again sale tax from Rohingya old vehicles’ owners which made the Rohingya community uneasy in their business, said an old businessman from Maungdaw.
“The old vehicles are very old which was used in the World War II and the Rohingya are keeping this kind of vehicles for transport in northern Arakan.”