Micro-business study pinpoints too costly red tape


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Feb 20, 2019

In the Dominican Republic, most people are employed in small entities known as “micro-businesses.” The definition of a micro-business is “no more than 10 employees, and gross incomes of less than RD$9,118, 990.74 per year.

For years, it has been known that more than 50% of all employees are not registered with any government agency for social security or health benefits, and this is known as the “informal” sector.

A recent study, sponsored by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Business Confederation of the Dominican Republic (Copardom) now shows that most of these small enterprises choose not to register their employees because of the costs associated with being formally registered.

The study reveals that a major factor behind the lack of enthusiasm for government registration is the bureaucratic labyrinth that needs to be traveled.

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Oct 9, 2014
" the drive towards formal registration of businesses of all sizes is necessary to be able to provide needed social and health services to the men and women who work in these companies."

Yeah right ...🙄...if only .

Let us see how well they implement their Comprobante Fiscal Electrónico (e-CF) first , shall we?
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Aug 21, 2007
I agree, but it is not just in registering employees and businesses. The labyrinth exists throughout all legal processes in this country. Combined with employee errors who manage the processes and documents, most people would not have knowledge or patience enough to follow through.

We are in the accreditation process for more than one year. The person responsible to lead us through this process has lost our documents and has told us inaccurate information when we were completing forms and documents causing us to recreate them. Just yesterday after we were told in November that all documents were complete and within a month we would have our accreditation, the person responsible came and told me that some information on one of the documents must be changed.......but SHE initially told me what information must be there.

And of course, they are NEVER wrong.


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Dec 7, 2020
What happened to the Ventanilla Unica? The One Windows to Register.
Even Agencies that should not be involved in the process try to interfere with Business registrations , specially if you try to do business in coastal areas.
There are a lot a Buscones (Government official trying to scam business owners).