Prominent Iraqi singer Kathem Al Saher and Egyptian singers Amal Maher and Ghada Rajab have denied allegations made by the Jordanian Musician Union that they did not pay the required taxes for performances held in Jordan.
The singers assert that the Jordanian Ministry of Culture exempted them from any taxes for performances they held in Jordan last summer. Kathem stated that his business manager signed a contract last year with the ministry and not with private concert agents. Contract with private entities require a 10-percent payment to the union.
The singers stressed that the allegations made against them by the head of the union are not valid and they respect the laws and regulations of any country they perform in and would not purposely refrain from paying any set dues.
The union filed a lawsuit against Kathem, Amal, Ghada and twenty five other singers who performed at the Jordan Music festival last year, claiming they failed to pay their due taxes to the union.