Over 200 Iranian athletes banned from leaving country due to unpaid taxes
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 5
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Over 200 Iranian athletes have been banned from leaving the country due to their high amount of unpaid taxes.
Ali Askari, Director of Iranian Tax Organization, said that verdicts for 30-40 of the athletes have been issued, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on May 5.
"Some of the athletes have been allowed to leave the country just once and settle their debts after their return," Askari noted.
In total, some 6,000 persons have been banned from leaving the country due to their unpaid taxes, he said.
Iran has set the tax debt ceiling at 5 billion rials (about $200,000), ISNA reported on January 28.
Those persons who owe more than 5 billion rials in unpaid taxes will be banned from leaving the country.
In August 2013, Iranian economy minister Ali Tayyebnia said that tax evasion in the country should be dealt with, IRIB reported.