MK Gafni puts temporary kibosh on proposed scholarship tax

November 16, 2010 16:39


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Those supporting the continued tax-free status of university scholarships won a temporary victory on Tuesday when Knesset Finance Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) filed a motion to strike the tax clause from the year's proposed arrangements bill.

Gafni's move came in support of Kadima party members' request to remove the clause from the proposed bill and put it up to a straight vote in January.

Kadima responded to Gafni's decision with praise on Tuesday. "This is an important victory and a heavy blow against the flagrant and cynical attempt of the Netanyahu government to start taxing student scholarships, for the first time in the nation's history," the party said in a statement released after Gafni's motion.

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