The Egyptian Parliament holds Mohamed Ramadan accountable
The crisis of the image published by the artist, Mohamed Ramadan, while he was on the plane, with bundles of dollars next to him, reached the level of the Egyptian parliament, where a female representative submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister of Finance and the head of the Tax Authority regarding the extent of the artist, Mohamed Ramadan, to pay the annual taxes due.
This came in the explanatory memorandum for the briefing request submitted by the deputy: “The artist, Mohamed Ramadan, recently appeared in a group of photos, returning from America via his private plane, which is estimated at 6 million dollars, equivalent to 180 million Egyptian pounds, and on the other side, bundles of one hundred dollars appeared next to him. As if he was indifferent to it, it is estimated at approximately one million dollars, equivalent to 30 million Egyptian pounds.”
As the member of the House of Representatives indicated, that any artist who makes profits and gains as a result of his participation in works of art is a natural and legitimate matter as a profession that he earns from like all professions, but the question that comes to mind, which we address to the Minister of Finance and the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, is the extent of the commitment of the artist, Mohamed. Ramadan to pay the annual taxes due on him on the legal date, and the extent of his commitment to submit the tax return, and is it identical to his real wages, and is identical to the data obtained from the various agencies.
And the member of parliament revealed that the artist, Mohamed Ramadan, who calls himself “Number One” in Egypt as a result of being the highest paid in the artistic community, according to unofficial figures, received an estimated 65 million Egyptian pounds as a result of his participation in his last artistic work, Jaafar Al-Omda. The wage he received in the series “Mishwar” in Ramadan 2022, as he received 45 million pounds as a wage for his artistic work, which is the same wage that he received in the series “Musa – Ramadan 2021”, meaning that the total amount that Muhammad Ramadan received during 3 years in 3 dramas is what Equivalent to 155 million Egyptian pounds, without adding his wages as a result of his participation in advertisements and lyrical celebrations inside and outside Egypt.
And the member of the House of Representatives pointed out that in June 2022, Muhammad Ramadan was accused of tax evasion on the grounds that he submitted a tax return that included incorrect data on his profits and gains, as he concealed his official income figures and recorded numbers that do not reflect his real income.
The representative concluded: “The artist, Mohamed Ramadan, throughout his artistic career, we did not see any community contributions or participations from him. In all countries of the world, we see art stars playing a societal role towards their country within the framework of their social responsibility.”