File - Banks street in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil is contemplating different types of taxes to finance the revised salary scale, a source at the ministry said Wednesday.The source stressed that Khalil and his team were now exchanging ideas on how to finance the salary scale.However, another source insisted that Khalil had some clear ideas on how to raise taxes.According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Khalil was also determined to implement new taxes on properties, an idea which has not been adopted by any previous government.Former Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi had proposed increasing taxes on interest on deposits to 7 percent, but even this modest raise was rejected by the Lebanese banks.The source believes that Khalil is apparently influenced by former Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas, who advocated higher taxes on companies' and banks' profits.Other economists do not support imposing new taxes to finance the salary scale.
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