Taxation in Jordan

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Jordan’s cabinet on Tuesday sent to parliament an IMF-backed draft tax bill, a main plank of austerity measures to ease rising public debt, an issue that caused street protests last summer, officials said.

Jordan’s new prime minister says his government will cut spending by 150 million dinars ($211 million) this year to show that raising taxes isn’t the only available response to rising public debt.

Doctors, lawyers and teachers staged a strike across Jordan on Wednesday in protest over IMF-backed austerity measures including a proposed income tax law that have sparked a week of angry demonstrations.

Jordan’s King Abdullah has ordered the country’s new prime minister to conduct a review of a controversial new tax bill, following days of protests.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and reportedly tapped a leading reformer as a successor, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests in recent years, which are also seen as a potential challenge to his two-decade-old rule.

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