Azerbaijani Politics 12 january — 13:00

President about blunders of ex-minister Fazil Mammadov

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'Deep reforms have been implemented in the tax sphere. I believe that the implementation of the plan for taxes deserves the highest praise. Because the blunders committed by the previous leadership led to the fact that taxes were collected for the coming year, thus a pyramid was formed, entrepreneurs were oppressed, and there were made unreasonable demands to them.

According to Azerbaijan State News Agency, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said this at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socioeconomic development in 2018 and the upcoming tasks.

'In the tax sphere, arbitrariness reigned, many negative actions were observed. All of this must end, which has been done. The experience of last year suggests that the new leadership in the customs and tax areas is well following my instructions. The results of the reforms carried out in these areas, we will see in the future. In these areas there must be complete transparency and utmost honesty. People working in the tax and customs authorities are warned that they will not be able to work in the old fashion, and they have to draw conclusions. Measures are being taken against those who allowed such things, including many of them being prosecuted,' the head of state emphasised.

'Tax reforms should put an end to illegal employment. I believe that after the system of compulsory health insurance is fully implemented, the phenomenon of illegal employment will be completely eradicated. The fight against the shadow economy is multifaceted, and the government uses all methods to combat the shadow economy. Everyone must understand that everything in Azerbaijan must be carried out within the framework of the law. We will not allow breaking the law, and everyone must draw conclusions,' said President Ilham Aliyev.

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