Nepal govt rejects King Gyanendra's plea for tax waiver



Kathmandu: Nepal government has rejected former king Gyanendra Shah's plea for tax waiver on his personal and family property, including utility bills running into a whopping USD 2.7 million.

A meeting of the cabinet committee on bills yesterday decided to ask the former king to clear all outstanding dues since being deposed after the Constituent Assembly election in 2008, 'The Kathmandu Post' reported.

According to the decision, he will also have to pay electricity, telephone and water bills.

"Now he is a common citizen and will have to pay all taxes as other citizens," Minister for Law and Justice Prem Bahadur Singh was quoted as saying.

The former king had written to the Finance Ministry in August 2009 requesting tax waiver. He had also sought details of unpaid taxes and bills after the country turned into a republic on May 28, 2009.

The paper reported that the outstanding dues and tax liabilities will cost the former monarch 200 million Nepali rupees (USD 2.7 million).

Before the republic, the then palace had enjoyed a complete tax holiday.

"The decision brings him and his family under the tax net. He has to pay taxes and related liabilities after May, 8, 2008. The government will collect taxes and tariffs as he has become a common citizen," said Singh.

PTI