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23rd April 2014: A meeting about readiness for implementation of VAT was held in the Ministry of Finance’s Customs and Revenue Department conference hall. Customs and Revenue Deputy Minister HE Gul Maqsood Sabit, HE Deputy Minister Finance HE Mustafa Mastoor, Mr. Abdurrahman Mujahid Revenue Director General, Mr. Mohammad Aqa Treasury Director, Mr. Gul Pacha Customs Technical Affairs Director, and other Directors attended the meeting.
HE Mr Sabit said that it is expected that initially 400 companies are expected to be registered for this tax.
April 17th, 2014: DG Revenue and STO seniors opened the TIN Office in STO. After many months of planning, a SIGTAS connection was established, equipment was set up and trained TIN officers were in place to start the process of issuing Taxpayer Identification Numbers in STO. As the biggest tax office in all of Afghanistan, it makes a lot of business sense for the STO taxpayers to be served at the STO HQ office. Also, the location of the STO HQ building is ideal for many taxpayers. Located in the Cinema Pamir building in the Jada-e-Maiwand area of the old city, it is very near to the huge Mandawi Market. The Mandawi is a city-wide wholesale market where many merchants purchase their products each day. Now these small business owners can visit the STO office conveniently and get registered for payment of taxes.
13 April, 2014: A training course on Value Added Tax (VAT) was conducted by ARD for a week.
The training was organized jointly by ARD's Training Development and Project Management Offices. Three employees of SIGTAS and 14 staff of VAT took part in this training. The training will increase the capacity building of the VAT staff concerning that Tax, which in turn will help in calculation of the tax in the future, said Director General of Revenue Abdurrahman Mujahif in distributing the certificates.
DG Mujahid added that ARD tries to organize more advanced training abroad in the future for the VAT staff. DG Mujahid further mentioned that the staff are young and can play a very important role in helping the country collect the right tax.
16 Feb, 2014: Fifty people, who have been trained in accounting and IT for three months, received certificates of completion.
Mr. Abdurrahman Mujahid, ARD Director General, said that we should pay close attention to the professional development of the staff whom we can utilize or use for the improvement of our administrative affairs. He added that professional development or capacity building of staff is the first step toward self-sufficiency in professional development.