Azerbaijan exempts donations to Turkiye’s quake-hit regions from taxes

Sabina Mammadli

Online donations to the victims of the devastating
earthquake in Turkiye are exempt from taxes, Azernews reports per
the State Tax Service under the Economy Ministry.

“Currently, electronic payments by citizens to help
victims of the earthquake in Türkiye unrelated to purchases or any
other services through electronic commerce are not subject to VAT
at the rate of 18 percent,” the service stated.

It added that in case the purchases were taxed, the
customers should contact the banks of which they are clients and
through which the transfers were made.

Under the latest data, 8,574 people were killed, 49,133 people
were injured, and 6, 444 buildings were destroyed.

Azerbaijan was the first country to provide assistance to
Turkiye immediately after the earthquake. The Ministry of Emergency
Situations is continuing to dispatch humanitarian aid with rescuers
engaged in areas to pull survivors from beneath the rubble.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded in central Turkiye on
the morning of February 6, 2023, according to the
European-Mediterranean Seismological Center. The quake’s epicenter
was located 26 km away from the city of Gaziantep with a population
of about 1.06 million. The source of the earthquake was 7 km below
the surface. Further, three more quakes with a magnitude of 6.4-6.6
rocked Gaziantep province in south-eastern Turkiye. As a result of
the earthquake that hit Turkiye, strong tremors were also felt in
Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus.

Sabina Mammadli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on
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