Afghanistan, US have new fighting ring: taxing suppliers

The Washington Post reports that the governments of Afghanistan and the United States are now at odds over who gets to tax suppliers working under US programmes in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of disputes between the two countries over details of US involvement in Afghanistan. The US says the suppliers fall into a tax-exempt category but Afghanistan says not,  and it has started sending dunning letters to non-Afghan companies that have not paid tax bills sent earlier. “Non-Afghan contractors who have recently received tax bills for work done under US government programs say they have appealed to the Defense and State departments to clarify the matter with the Afghans. But they have been told simply to ignore the bills and ‘stand up for our rights,’ said one official of an American company that has multiple US defense contracts in Afghanistan,” reports the newspaper.