Egypt imposes 10pc tax on capital gains, dividends

July 02, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

CAIRO: Egypt’s president approved a law yesterday imposing a new 10 percent tax on capital gains and stock dividends as the country seeks to rebalance public finances and revive an economy battered by over three years of political turmoil.

The tax applies to dividends and capital gains made from trading stocks on the Egyptian stock market as well as unlisted companies.

“(This) comes in response to the major challenges which the Egyptian economy has faced which demand coordination of all efforts to protect and rebuild confidence in it,” a statement from the presidency said.

Egypt, which has relied heavily on aid from Gulf Arab allies in the past year, needs to implement broad economic reforms in order to revive its economy, which saw a drop in foreign investment and tourism after the 2011 uprising.