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Tax on marriage raises controversy in Tunisia

Social media activists believe the new tax will only increase the reluctance of young people to marry

Ahram Online, Monday 7 Jul 2014
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Tunisians have shown a wave of cynicism on Twitter over the government's decision to impose taxes on marriage.

Social media activists believe the decision will only increase the reluctance of young people to marry.

In the past few years Tunisia has been exposed to high rates of spinsterhood due to poor economic conditions.

According to the new budget law, a new tax is to be imposed worth 30 Tunisian dinars (TNDs).

The tax imposed on marriage is among many other taxes aimed at reducing the budget deficit.

An official report revealed a high rate of spinsterhood in the country. The rate has increased to reach 60 percent this year.

As Tunis Times reported, a report conducted by the National Office for Family and Population showed that the “high number of single women has increased to more than 2.25 million women out of a total of about 4.9 million females in the country, compared to about 990,000 in 1994.”

The report goes even further by asserting that, “The delayed age of marriage in Tunisia includes men as well. The percentage of Tunisians unmarried, aged between 25 and 29 years, rose from 71 percent in 1994, to 81.1 percent at the end of last year.”

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