The website “Turkey Now”, which is affiliated with the Turkish opposition, said that the earthquake that occurred in the Turkish province of Elazig on Friday with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale, angered the Turkish opposition, and made them wonder again about the fate of the earthquake taxes imposed on the people 20 years ago, where Turkey witnessed The violent Marmara earthquake in 1999, after which the government decided to impose taxes on earthquakes to take the necessary precautions. This led to the anger of the people and the opposition, and they were launched on Twitter. Question: Where are the earthquake taxes?
The website of the Turkish opposition said that after the earthquake on Friday, the President of the Red Crescent Organization announced the provision of material aid, which led to the anger of the people and the opposition, and the Vice-President of the Republican People’s Party Muharram Erkak, and the party’s deputy, asked Mersin Albay Antman about the tax money, Muharram Arkak said in his statement: Where is this money? What is it used for?
And Alpay Antman asked: How much is seismic tax? What was spent on? He said that the ministers themselves do not know what is happening to the tax money.
He added that in 2018, the Minister of Finance was asked a question about the amount of earthquake tax money, where it goes, and who is spending it, but he said: We do not know this and the Ministry of Interior is the one who knows, then the question was directed to the Ministry of Interior, but he has not yet received an answer.
And the website “Turkey Now” continued: When the Istanbul earthquake occurred on September 26, 2019, the head of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kılıçdaro أوlu, asked about the earthquake tax money and said that during the 17 years of his rule, he collected only $ 36 billion in taxes on the earthquake.
The website of the Turkish opposition stated that when the Marmara earthquake occurred on November 26, 1999, the private communications tax began to be imposed to treat the injured, provided that the government continues to collect tax money for only a year, but the Justice and Development government imposed the collection of these taxes continuously to this day, and the amount She earned from 2004 to 2018 60.6 billion liras.