Sanaa is to face a new disaster
Houthi authorities have launched a brutal campaign to impose unfair taxes on small and medium institutions in the capital Sanaa, and a number of cities under their control.
The director of an institution in Sanaa said, preferring to hide the identity of the institution for security reasons, that the Houthis are demanding the institution to pay taxes of more than 50 million Yemeni riyals.
He said the bigger amount of that money was income taxes on employees, which are deducted from the salaries of employees. “They want us to pay huge sums under the pretext of taxes, claiming they have been in arrears since the foundation was established ten years ago,” he said.
Sources in Sanaa said that the Houthis authorities are demanding private schools to pay taxes amounting to half a billion riyals, such as arrears on employee’s salaries.
This category of taxes has been ignored by previous governments on private sector employees in small and medium-sized enterprises, as an encouragement to these institutions, which provide jobs for thousands of employees who are unable to operate in their institutions.
“In the face of this campaign, we will find ourselves forced to stop work, close institutions and lay off workers, because institutions are already unable to cope with the increasing demands of the rebels,” he said.