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Thursday, 4 November 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on the government’s move to the new capital + Tax Authority cracking down on tutoring centers

Last night’s talk shows were all about the government’s move to the new capital, following yesterday’s presidential order that will see many civil servants begin packing their bags at the beginning of December. Deputy Housing Minister Khaled Abbas told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 19:03) that the move will happen in phases, with 10% heading to the new capital during the first wave, which will see every ministry initially move 200-300 workers.

Isn’t the new capital still only half-built? The government district of the new capital is ready to begin receiving workers, according to Abbas, who said that construction of the buildings and roads has been completed. Yahduth Fi Masr (watch, runtime: 5:19) and Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 0:47). also covered the story.

Tutors: The Tax Authority wants you to pay up — but that doesn’t mean it has somehow legalized the industry. The authority’s demand that the owners of tutoring center open a tax file and start paying their taxes doesn’t mean the industry has been legalized, director-general of the Tax Authority’s technical office, Talaat Abdel Salam told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 8:33). He explained that the Tax Authority isn’t responsible for the legality of any business venture — and said that with the informal economy making up 33% of the Egyptian economy, not taxing illegal practices would mean the authority is losing out on a large sum of cash. Freelance tutors also need to pay taxes. Head of the Tax Authority’s central administration Saeed Fouad joined Yahdoth Fi Masr in a phone call and reiterated Abdel Salam’s comments (watch, runtime: 7:23).

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