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Thread: aduanas introduce new rule of taxing personal articles

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    Default aduanas introduce new rule of taxing personal articles

    very interesting article in DL today:
    https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...ales-IE9547695

    note this:
    viajeros (...) se vieron obligados a pagar impuestos por artículos de su uso personal como son laptop, tabletas, celulares, cámaras digitales de fotografías y videos.

    i'm not getting it. who is a subject of those taxes? dominicans residing outside of the country? as per this line:
    Los pasajeros que llevan tres meses en adelante fuera del país, por ley se le permitía US$500 en mercancías personales, ahora le será aplicado el pago por el equivalente, muchos hoy se vieron precisados a dejar en aduanas televisores plasmas, laptop, mini componente musicales, entre otros artículos.

    or are they charging tax for private phones of dominicans who went out of the country for a week? that does not seem right. and i cannot imagine DR taxing tourists for such things...

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    They will always try to screw you, it's in their DNA.

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    I suspect the items being taxed were items clearly identifiable as being new - in a box, with a price tag or in the case of that "TV in a suitcase" trick, with the protective plastic still on the screen. Tourists who are leaving in a week or two probably aren't affected unless they arrive with a suitcase full of goodies for friends who live here.

    As is normal when processes change, common sense application of the new rules is often difficult for some functionaries who only seem to be proficient at sticking their hand in their pockets with some regularity. First I heard about all this so, once again great communication from aduanas.

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    Typical of pretty much any governmental law or regulation here - clear as mud!

    That way they can apply it on what they want, when they want, and on whom they want.

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    I bet they made a conscious decision not to print the personal item definition on the back of the form......I read the report that way (ya que no tiene inscritas las reglas para traer objetos personales como el anterior documento.)

    The definition of the computers, cameras and telephones as being personal items no doubt gets heavily abused so they are doing like other countries and posting the duty free lists on arrival and you choose nothing or something to declare.

    Keep it simple, some booze, some perfume and some cigarettes plus a personal item sum for new articles of say USD300 would be better.

    We get ripped off in airport duty frees anyhow, who price close to outside prices and exploit that good feel travel mood.

    On a related note, I do think the country is now looking to increase revenue from taxes at each and every existing source because of the budget deficit. The tourist card being applied to airline tickets is in this vein knowing it wont be reclaimed by the many eligible to do so. What's next?

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    So now DGA is denying they are charging anything and that personal electronics are exempt anyway
    https://www.diariolibre.com/m/notici...ales-GX9550329

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    without having an opinion on this...

    we have all read here about bringing in several phones, etc that were not for own personal use.

    this reminds of Migracion disallowing 'paid' sponsors for the citizenship applications
    those people who were paid to sponsor applicants otherwise unknown to them

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    Some of this has already been refuted by aduanas. Imperfect Google translation:

    SANTO DOMINGO. The Directorate General of Customs said Tuesday that the rights of passengers entering the country personal items such as clothing, laptop, cameras, cell phone and other gifts to a maximum of $ 500 remain intact .

    "Passenger rights remain intact; It is not true that they must pay (taxes) for their items in the category of luggage, such as clothing, a laptop and camera, cell phone, among others, as well as gifts up to a ceiling of 500 dollars, " said the Communications Office of the institution in an explanatory note to Diario Libre.

    This Tuesday, Diario Libre reviewed the complaints of passengers that after the change of Customs form they had to pay for personal articles brought to the country.

    In this regard, Customs explains that the passenger declaration form was modified to respond to Law 155-17 on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, which orders the declaration of values ​​higher than US $ 10,000 upon leaving or entering the country, gathering information regarding the origin and destination of these, as well as the data related to the owner, issuer and receiver thereof.

    The DGA stressed that the new form, clearer and more comfortable to fill, began to replace the previous one in February and its circulation has been accompanied by a campaign through written, radio and television media, in addition to social networks and the digital platforms of Customs, where the rights and restrictions of travelers are also disseminated, campaign that still remains.

    The Customs Communications Department recalled that taxes apply to specific merchandise and those that, due to their quantity, may be considered for commercial purposes. He invited to read the passenger instructions on the web portal of the institution and added that its content remains unchanged, applying the best international practices in this regard.

    https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...ales-GX9550329

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    Travelling out of JBQ today I picked up a copy of the new customs form and please find attached photos of the back and front of the form:





    You only fill in on arrival despite the form having boxes for departure and arrival.

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    Better back page....


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