Egypt’s House of Representatives approved on Monday a legislative amendment suspending the tax on agricultural land for two more years.
A report by the House's Budget and Planning Committee said such tax has been suspended since June 2017 for three years. "But as this suspension will expire next June, the government decided to amend the law (113/1939) to extend the suspension for two years as an incentive for farmers and farming businesses to boost agricultural production and to relieve farmers from the financial burdens caused by the coronavirus," said the report.
Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said the suspension is important, particularly after the spread of the coronavirus. "When the government decided to introduce the three-year suspension in 2017, this was to help farmers contain the cost of the economic reform programme.