In the wake of the enormous explosion at the Port of Beirut, protests by enraged citizens have led to the collapse of the Lebanese government.
Dany Chakour, owner of the Em Sherif restaurants, has gone a step further. He says his restaurants will no longer pay taxes to the corrupt and inept government of Lebanon, but will instead pay that money directly to non-governmental organizations that are actually helping people.
“We decided to help the NGOs who are the only ones helping on the ground,” Chakour said. “We won’t pay the government, that’s for sure.”
And he says other business owners are thinking of following his lead.
Chakour says he intends to file his value-added tax returns as usual, but without including the demanded 11% payment. Instead he will indicate the charities he funded with the money.