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    Default 18% ITBIS to go on all internet purchases

    We've all seen this before, they threaten to tax our eBay and Amazon purchases, everyone revolts and it gets repealed.

    Well this rumor seems to be gathering more traction. According to the Sosua CPS office, they are convinced that after the election, 18% ITBIS will be charged on all internet purchases via these couriers, eg CPS, EPS, Encargopaq, Vimenpaq etc....

    If your purchase is over the $200 threshold it will be subject to customs (gravamen) tax on top.

    If is does happen, life will get a lot harder for the average folk living here trying to sustain an adequate standard of living. It will certainly hurt the courier companies.

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    Let's say you have an income of $1000 a month and of that somehow usually spend $100 importing stuff, whatever category it is in. Mine are razors, because I cannot find the kind I like here, but $40.00 USD twice a year, but if you import $100. a month it will only raise your cost of living by $18.00 not really making it a lot harder of a life at $18.00 a month!
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    Actually the ITBIS will be charged on the item price PLUS the cost of the shipping. So it's going to be more than just 18% on top of the purchase price. But yes, if you only spend $100 per month on online purchases, it's not going to hurt too much. Some people spend a lot more than that per month, myself included. My CPS bill alone runs to $300 to $400 per month on average.

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    Didnīt they just rule against this a year ago?
    Sounds like they may be jumping the gun up there at Sosua CPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    Didnīt they just rule against this a year ago?
    Sounds like they may be jumping the gun up there at Sosua CPS.
    Yes they did. But there was no rule written. The customs people just gave up for a while. They will keep trying until it sticks. There's a lot of brass to be made from us gringos and middle class Doms who don't want to settle for the overpriced crap they sell in the shops in this country.

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    Time to do some purchases that were being delayed ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    Let's say you have an income of $1000 a month and of that somehow usually spend $100 importing stuff, whatever category it is in. Mine are razors, because I cannot find the kind I like here, but $40.00 USD twice a year, but if you import $100. a month it will only raise your cost of living by $18.00 not really making it a lot harder of a life at $18.00 a month!
    Der Fish
    Spoken just like a "Dominican politician"......................

    Can I borrow $18 from you, I'll pay you back "next" month.
    Now I just need to find 11 more people to complete the year.


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    I think the situation is that DR is a signatory to a treaty with various other countries where they all agree to no ITBIS or equivalent for purchases under $200. I seem to remember this was the main reason this was never enforced. And although they keep saying it will be charged, they would upset a lot of other countries if they did charge it, including the US. So this is probably hot air.

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    If this does happen it will be the end of the courier companies mentioned earlier. 90% of their business is under $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    Time to do some purchases that were being delayed ...
    Thanks for the warning, Beeza. I have just opened an account with CPS following recommendations here and have been impressed with their operation so far.

    I cannot afford, and do not need, to import much, but I will get a year's purchases in before the election, just in case it does happen.

    I don't think it is an unreasonable imposition for most folks, but I am on a tight budget. Hard luck for the courier companies, though. I imagine one or two will go to the wall.

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