File - MP Ibrahim Kanaan leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The parliamentary Finance and Budget Committee formed Tuesday a small panel charged with resolving a long-standing row over the distribution of telecom tax revenues to Lebanon's municipalities, frozen since 2009 .We have entered legally available options," Kanaan, the committee's chairman, told reporters after the meeting. He said the Telecommunications Ministry had made more than one proposal on how to calculate the telecom tax revenues to the municipalities. Kanaan, who belongs to MP Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, said a small panel, comprising representatives from the Finance, Telecommunications, Interior and Justice ministries and the chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee, had been formed and tasked with solving the issue over the distribution of tax revenues from the mobile phone sector to the municipalities. The panel's formation comes a few days after Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb announced that the municipalities would finally get their share of tax revenues for the first time since 2009 . Harb maintains that the funds should be transferred to the municipalities via the Finance Ministry.
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