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Mauritius: Demonstration of merchants against the sharp increase in commercial taxes




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The Common Front of merchants manifest on Monday in the late morning before the Parliament in Port Louis against the sharp increase in commercial taxes (Trade Fee) paid to municipalities and the Council of districts and they are liable to operate economically.
 
The Trade Fee has thus increased from 20% to 70% and brought 52 million rupees (1.3 million euros) to local authorities, as reported by the newspaper Weekend.
 
For its part, the Minister of Local Government, Hervé Aimée, said in a statement not to be responsible for the significant increase of these commercial taxes and that they were decided at the specific request of the municipalities.
 
For the president of the Common Front of merchants, Raj Appadu this tax hike that weighs on the sector is "shocking", as indicated by the Le Dimanche L'Hebdo newspaper.
 
"Despite a difficult economic environment, some merchants currently pay 50,000 rupees (1,250 euros) and will have to pay twice, according to the new rates of Trade Fee", railed Raj Appadu who calls for the general mobilisation of all and calls also upon the resignation of the Minister of local government, Hervé Aimée.



Fabrice François


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