Iran: The Hidden Part of the 2020–2021 Budget

When we examine what other Iranian outlets and experts working with Iran have to say about the budget bill, we see that it is criticized for a lack of transparency

Before the presentation of the budget bill of 2020 by the Iranian government, gasoline prices rose by 300%, which led to the November uprising in more than 191 cities.

The budget deficit was set as the main reason for the gasoline price increase. Now, with the budget scrutiny, it is clear that many of the national and public wealth and funds are also looted.

The Iranian government replenishes some of his budget by increasing prices and rationing the gasoline. With a 300 percent increase in gasoline prices as well as rationing, it is expected to significantly reduce the use of gasoline about 103 million liters daily. The government will export this reduced rate at 58 cents. In other words, each liter of gasoline will be sold for more than 6,000 tomans. This will also cover a significant portion of the government’s budget deficit.

Gasoline exports have begun since the summer of 2018. No sanctions on gasoline, unlike oil, can be said to be one of the main reasons for the rise in gasoline prices, while the government officials have not mentioned this.

As the oil sanctions pressure mounted on the government, the government raised the price of gasoline in a maneuver and rationed it to cover a significant portion of the budget deficit through the sale of gasoline.

But rising gas prices domestically and exporting it is not the only source of funding for the 2020 budget deficit. In addition to these two sources, the government has earmarked other budget deficits.

Taking 3 trillion from National Development Fund resources

In the budget bill of 2020 it is stipulated, that 3 trillion tomans should be taken from the National Development Fund resources for the current expenditures. Taking from the Development Fund means taking from future generations of a country that has been auctioned in the budget bill.

Sale of 80 trillion of debt securities

Another provision to finance the budget deficit in 2020 is the sale of bonds. This causes sudden inflation. Another concept that results from the sale of debt securities is the postpone of government’s debt to next governments and accumulating it.

Sale of movable and immovable property

Another issue is the sale of movable and immovable property by the Rouhani government. These include buildings and facilities, lands, machinery and equipment, barracks, corporate houses, nomadic lands, prisons, forage depots, and resources from the completion of semi-finished projects.

In addition, the most significant sign in this looting policy is the multiplier increase of these subjects in the budget of 2020. In previous years, this issue was included in the budget bill, but it was very small and included some unnecessary assets. But in the budget of 2020, this subject has increased by 1000% compared to the recent year and will amount 50 billion tomans.

9.545 trillion tomans will be derived from the sale of buildings, machinery and land, and in addition 4 trillion tomans will be derived from the sale of property which has been referred as "surplus" property.

The first budget bill after Hassan Rouhani took over as President, the budget of 2014, determined that the government would allocate 1080 billion tomans from the sale of movable and immovable property to finance part of its budget deficit. Now, after six years, for the budget of 2020, the government wants to increase the income from this place to 5000% compared to 2011.

The increase is so large that the government’s share from the sales of movable and immovable properties is 2 percent higher than the government's oil revenues in 2020, and 19 percent of Rouhani's government revenues.

The sale of movable and immovable property has "no formalities"

In the 2020 budget bill, however, is expected that about 50 trillion tomans of movable and immovable property will be sold, while it stresses that the sale will be "without formalities".

According to the rules of the Iranian government, these "formalities" relate to the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers referred to in Article 115 of the country's General Accounting Law.

This article reads as follows: “The sale of immovable property by ministries and government agencies that are identified as surplus on demand, with the exception of the following immovable property:

1. Immovable property of the nation.

2. Military installations and fortifications and weapons and ammunition factories

3. Monuments

4. Immovable property which is in the relation of the national interest and in the possession of the State, are forbidden to sale.

Upon the suggestion of the Minister concerned and the  approval by the Cabinet, and the observance of other regulations concerned, the proceeds of the sale of such property shall be deposited into the public revenue account of the country.

But in the 2020 Budget Bill, the government has abandoned all these rules and formalities and has formally stated in the Budget Bill that the sale of this movable and immovable property will be "without formalities".

Perhaps by looking at the conceding of fishing in the southern seas to China, the transfer of an amount of the Caspian Sea to the northern states of the sea, the Rouhani administration is repeating the shameless Turkmanchai contract, thus one can understand why the term "no formalities" is included in the budget bill.

All of this will be also approved by the parliament and will adopt a legal face so that no one can complain about it.


Nuclear - Terrorism

Iran Is Testing the World’s Will With Its Centrifuges

On December 18, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit to Malaysia said that his country is running much faster and more advanced model centrifuges to enrich more uranium, all...
Read more

Iran’s Fourth Step in Breaching the Nuclear Deal; Aggression or Inevitable?

Wednesday, November 6, spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced that Iran has taken the fourth step in breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known...
Read more

Iran Takes Its Fourth Step to Reduce JCPOA Commitments, EU Announces Concern Over Iran’s Move

Iran will take the fourth step to scale down its undertakings under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by injecting gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow fuel enrichment plant...
Read more

Human Rights

Iran Regime Arresting Dissidents

The Iranian Regime has recently started to arrest dissidents en-masse in Tehran and other cities, particularly released political prisoners and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). On February 8,...
Read more

Dozens of Detainees of the November Protests Have Died in Iran’s Prisons

Dozens of detainees of the November protests reportedly have died under torture or under physical and psychological pressure in Iran. Following the November protests in Iran, more than 12,000 protesters were...
Read more

Executions in Iran in 2020 and the Names of Those Executed

While Human Rights Watch recently released its annual report on the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran under the rule of the Iranian Velayet-e-Faqih (clerical regime) in 2019, systematic violations...
Read more

Middle East

Iraq Heads Toward Freedom and Independence

For the last four months, the Iraqi people have continued their struggle toward freedom from the Iran-backed governing system that brought nothing for Iraqis except corruption, bloodshed, and sectarianism. Iraq's...
Read more

Iraqi Protests Against Iran Regime

After the deaths of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the mullahs in Tehran have been desperately trying to paint these...
Read more

Iraqi Protesters Return to Streets

Since the beginning of October, the Iraqi people started a new round of demonstrations against the corrupt political system that takes its orders from the mullahs’ regime in Iran. Despite...
Read more

Analysis & Policy

Iran: There Is No Lesser Evil Anywhere in the Leadership

By INU Staff INU - President Hassan Rouhani won his second term last month. He was up against Ebrahim Raisi (the candidate preferred by Supreme Leader Khamenei). However, Rouhani’s election has...
Read more

Iran: Rouhani Faces Attacks on All Sides

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing mounting pressure at home and abroad which, according to Reuters, may affect his ability to run the country. Reuters notes that Rouhani, who was re-elected...
Read more

Power Struggles Make Iran's Regime Unstable

Although many believed that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was preparing conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi to be his heir by placing him in the presidency, the election results gave Hassan Rouhani...
Read more

Iranian Opposition

Iran Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi: Part 2 

Massoud Rajavi is the leader of the Iranian resistance and historic leader of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the group that is leading the Iranian to overthrow the regime and will someday rule...
Read more

Iran’s Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi: Part 1

Massoud Rajavi is the leader of the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the group that is leading the Iranian to overthrow the regime and will someday rule Iran. Given...
Read more

Iran Officials Admit to MEK Popularity

Iranian officials have recently begun to acknowledge the role of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in leading the protests in Iran, as well as its international policymaking. This is...
Read more


Iraqi Women Roar Against the Mullahs and Their Mercenaries

On February 15, Iraqi women and girls in Dhi Qar, Basra, Babylon, Maysan, and several other provinces held widespread demonstrations against Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iran-backed Shiite cleric. They demonstrated their wrath...
Read more

105 Women Executed Under Rouhani

Two women were executed in Shiraz and Mashhad last week, bringing the total number of women executed during the reign of supposed moderate Hassan Rouhani to 105. Many human rights organizations...
Read more

Iran: Women Have to Support More Than Three Million Families

In the past ten years, the number of Iranian single mothers has increased by 58 percent. This phenomenon is taking place while statistics show at least three million single mothers...
Read more


Iran’s 2020–21 Budget Is a Genuine Dilemma

On December 8, the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani published the 2020-2021 budget bill, triggering a new round of infighting among Iranian officials. Significantly, Rouhani’s allies and opponents agree that...
Read more

New Evidence Emerges of Rampant Corruption in Iran’s Oil and Export Markets

By Edward Carney On Tuesday, IranWire published an article that attached a dramatic figure to the closely-related issues of Iran’s escalating economic crisis and the corruption of entities in both the...
Read more

Iran’s export to Iraq drop by 50%

By INU Staff INU - Iraq has significantly reduced its imports from the Iranian Regime in the past month, according to an economic-focused newspaper published in Tehran. The report notes that part...
Read more


Terzi: EU Must Increase Pressure on Iran and Hold Zarif Accountable

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is expected to attend the Munich Security Conference on Friday, although he may well miss the event, as he did with the World Economic Forum...
Read more

US Treasury Designates Iranian Shipping Network Helping IRGC and Houthis

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated an Iranian shipping network smuggling lethal aid to Yemen from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF)...
Read more

US Steps Up Sanctions Pressure on Iran

Behzad Pourqanad, a smuggler of the Iranian government, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for illegally exporting carbon fiber from the United States to Iran. In a statement Thursday,...
Read more


As Iranian Officials Urge More Repression, Activists Target Symbols of Regime’s Violence

On Thursday morning, the office of a high-ranking, hardline Iranian cleric became the latest site of anti-government protests, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The organization’s report noted...
Read more

The Rift Between Iran’s Regime and the People Widens

During recent months, Iran’s society has experienced an unprecedented acceleration in sociopolitical crises. These conditions put the regime in a tougher and tighter state. The fact is authorities are unable to...
Read more

Iran’s Regime Terrified by the Explosive Conditions of Society

Instead of presenting a solution to the crises surrounding Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Qods Force chief Qassem Soleimani's death and the Ukrainian passenger plane which was hit by an IRGC missile,...
Read more

Latest INU tweet


Latest News

Estimating Support for the...

US Raises Concerns After 1000...

NCRI-US Reveals New Details...

Ayatollah ‌BBC Repeats Lies...

Iran: Protesters handed harsh...

Rubio asks for Justice...