Customs and Internal Revenue should be free

CONEP – the National Council of Private Business – has called on the government to grant autonomous status to both the Customs Office (DGA) and the Internal Revenue office (DGII). The idea is to equip these important parts of the financial system with the needed changes required by DR-CAFTA and the IMF Stand-by accords. The CONEP document requesting these changes has been sent to Congress for consideration. As part of their arguments for the new status, CONEP pointed out that the state will become less dependent on income from tariffs and custom duties, and therefore the most important necessity for these offices is to create the proper technical processes needed to identify the country of origin and facilitate commerce. Both Alfredo Pacheco, the president of the Chamber of Deputies and Andres Bautista, the head of the Senate received bound copies of the proposal. The CONEP document points out that the autonomy of the two offices (the DGA and the DGII) is contemplated under the law that created the Special Tax Return Fund which is responsible for returning excess tax payments as well as VAT taxes that have to be repaid.