Liberal doctors sit-in Monday in Rabat

The doctors of the liberal sector do not take off. A sit-in is planned for Monday, November 21 in front of the seat of Parliament Flap, to protest verbally against the deduction at source of income tax (IR), provided for in the Finance Bill (PLF) 2023 and they totally reject.

The deduction at source of the IR, decided by the PLF 2023, does not correspond to the expectations of doctors in the liberal sector. Having rejected this tax measure on several occasions via press releases or declarations, the most representative trade unions in the sector are taking action by announcing the organization of a sit-in, Monday, November 21, in front of the Parliament in Rabat.

The announcement was made by the offices of nine unions representing doctors and biologists in the private sector, including the Moroccan Association of Cardiology, the National Union of Ophthalmologists in the private sector, the Syndicate Coordination of General Practitioners in the private sector, the Association of Private Cardiologists, Association of Obstetrician Gynecologists of Rabat, Association of Rheumatologists and Orthopedists in the Liberal Sector, Association of Rheumatologists and Orthopedists in the Liberal Sector, National Union of Endocrinologists, Nutritionists and Diabetologists, Association of neurologists from the private sector and the Syndicate Chamber of Biologists.

Thus, the aforementioned unions consider the tax measures concerning them, introduced in the PLF 2023, “ unjust“, in particular that concerning the withholding tax of the IR, noting that ” these provisions will have an impact negative the finances of small practices, which risks dissuading young doctors from entrepreneurship and causing them to leave the country“.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the problem is not the 20% tax that will be deducted at source, but rather a question of transparency of medical acts and operations carried out in the private sector and which are not declared, and that would mainly concern public doctors who work in the private sector as well.

When the clinic begins to deduct at source, the tax authorities are aware of the income of public doctors in the private sector. This would be the case, for example, of a surgeon doctor who earns 800,000 dhs per year in clinics, but declares nothing to the tax authorities, ”said our source.

And to add that “the problem of withholding tax is a question of procedure, and not of rate“, noting that the doctor refuses this measure because it opens, in a way, the door to transparency.

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