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Thread: aduanas introduce new rule of taxing personal articles

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    Where do they tell you what merchandise is subject to taxes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    Where do they tell you what merchandise is subject to taxes?
    They do not on the form but the duty free exemptions may be posted in the airports......I will advise if I see as such on return.

    It appears you have to list all purchases and I would work on the basis you get gifts of USD500 exempt for you or others, plus 3 litres of spirits, 20 packs of cigarettes or 25 cigars as previously with zero issues with your pre-owned personal items.

    If you import a TV now bring the receipt and expect to pay anything over US500...or a good propina. It would appear perfumes and other toiletries bought for your lady will fall in the USD500.

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    But it says right on the back of the form to list those items that are subject to tax - not all items(?). Also, the Diario Libre article link said passengers were obliged to pay for personal items like laptops, tablets, cellphones, and camaras and many people had to leave their TV's, laptops, small stereo systems, and "other"(?) articles. Maybe they didn't have the money to pay the taxes(?). Based on that, it sure doesn't sound like items under $500 are exempt(?).

    What you have to declare and what is going to be subject to tax still seems very unclear to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    But it says right on the back of the form to list those items that are subject to tax - not all items(?). Also, the Diario Libre article link said passengers were obliged to pay for personal items like laptops, tablets, cellphones, and camaras and many people had to leave their TV's, laptops, small stereo systems, and "other"(?) articles. Maybe they didn't have the money to pay the taxes(?). Based on that, it sure doesn't sound like items under $500 are exempt(?).

    What you have to declare and what is going to be subject to tax still seems very unclear to me.
    Declare new purchases...gifts.

    Those existing personal items you travel with as news articles today are not subject to tax.

    It is no different anywhere where you have a personal gift allowance plus alcohol, cigarettes and often perfumes.

    Don't expect to arrive in DR with lots of new personal items without scrutiny from now on and if you don't declare the question is like other countries will they prosecute.......I some how doubt the same intensity that would happen of you lied to customs in say the UK....which is pretty fierce from personal experience.

    It is all normal stuff in other countries and DR is slowly beginning to shape up.

    For me if I buy alcoholic drinks....3 litres max, this trip I wont write on form. If I buy perfume I will.

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    CAreful ju10.... you'll be accused of scaremongering...

    the times - they are achangin'....

    and why not ???

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    The concern for me is that it is stupidly easy to have more than $500 in stuff. An iPhone us $700-1000 alone!

    Mexico has a light system where people are randomly chosen for inspection and forced to pay taxes on stuff they already owned and are traveling with.

    As a photographer when I go on trips I often have $10k worth of camera gear with me, and I never want to haggle with someone over current value and paying taxes.

    So I avoid Mexico... Hope Dr doesn't turn into the same. Every time I leave and enter Dr I have a Mavic drone with me, for example.

    But all I bring for alcohol is beer which is pretty cheap. Charley Horse doesn't count as good craft beer yet..too foamy and only three types... Any self respecting craft beer store in the states has 5-30 brews...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    Better back page....


    Im in Canada, my vacations finished today and Im returning tomorrow landing in Punta Cana, lets see if they have there new form

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    When is the last time anyone ever read this form?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva_31 View Post
    Im in Canada, my vacations finished today and Im returning tomorrow landing in Punta Cana, lets see if they have there new form


    United Airlines was still handing out the old forms today. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timotero View Post
    United Airlines was still handing out the old forms today. 
    I arrived back at JBQ yesterday with new form that I had picked up on departure completed.

    Several other passengers had completed the old form but were made to complete the new form instead. I think the customs officers are still unclear on what gets taxed and what not. No issues here. Declared nothing having nothing new to declare. Deplane to taxi 5 minutes.

    JBQ now has an X Ray machine to check all bags on arrival so the bag search is no longer needed.

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