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Opinion: Tax and Transparence

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Many governments and municipalities say they use the money for a variety of reasons, such as promoting cultural attractions and domestic tourism, improving transportation and renovating airports, seaports and border exit points
Opinion: Tax and Transparence Opinion: Tax and Transparence

Departure tax is a permanent fixture in many parts of the world for people travelling abroad. In some countries, both citizens and foreigners have to pay before moving out by air, sea or land.
Iran is no exemption. This type of tax was first introduced in 1985 and has continued up until today. Almost every year, the exit tax rates have increased and are getting closer to rates in countries that are renowned tourist hubs where things are in their proper place.
Many governments and municipalities say they use the money for a variety of reasons, such as promoting cultural attractions and domestic tourism, improving transportation and renovating airports, seaports and border checkpoints.
After 35 years and counting, it would serve national interest if the Tehran government releases some data regarding how and where the departure tax has been spent. 

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