Women walk in front of shops selling golden jewelry at a market street in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli on May 2, 2018. AFP / Delil souleiman
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QAMISHLI, Syria: Many Kurds in Syria may dream of self-rule, but for business owners in the semi-autonomous region in the country's north, it now comes with a painful pinch: double taxes.The central government maintained a limited security presence in two areas, Qamishli and the provincial capital of Hassakeh further south, but it continued to levy taxes.Business owners were paying between 17,000 and 25,000 Syrian pounds yearly to the Damascus regime, which amounts to a range of about $40 to $60 .The taxes are calculated according to a gradual profit scale with 13 different categories.Businesses making under 1.2 million Syrian pounds (around $2,760) a year pay a symbolic 1,000 pounds (about $2 dollars).Those bringing in a gross profit of between five and seven million pounds, or between $11,500 and $16,100, are taxed at seven percent. Since it was introduced in October and until April, the tax has already brought in 349 million Syrian pounds, said Khaled Mahmud, who co-manages the autonomous region's financial affairs.
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