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Santo Domingo.- Union leader Rafael ‘Pepe’ Abreu on Friday said he supports the Custom Agency’s tax on online purchases of less than US$200, a position which could further erode labor’s limited credibility.

He said that type of transaction is unfair competition to local industry and retailers and leads to lost jobs.

He said those businesses don’t benefit the lower class, but a narrow strata of society instead, “who have credit cards in dollars and manage Internet technology.”

"Internet purchases distort commercial activity because there’re people who obtain considerable amounts to resell it on the market, jeopardizing retailers and industry which pay taxes and wages," said the president of the unions grouped in the CNUS.

Top mogul favors a balance

For José L. ‘Pepin’ Corripio, one of the country’s top retail chain moguls, the conflict should be resolved with a balance between "the rational, what’s right and what’s economically viable."

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19 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 1 Aug 2014 3:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Sit down and shutup!
Written by: josearias, 1 Aug 2014 4:58 PM
From: United States
And this is a union leader .jajaja . BS.AND BS .AGAINST THE CITIZENS OF DR. THAT ALL READY ARE DOUBLE TAX ON ANY THINGS COMING FROM A BROAD. WHat a bad joke. How much does he got paid under the table. If there's any table.
Written by: laman00, 1 Aug 2014 5:08 PM
From: United States
Idiot thinks he's an economist now,anything they can put there hands on to screw people, idiots like this are the contributor of the poverty that this nation has.
Written by: laman00, 1 Aug 2014 5:14 PM
From: United States
Taxing people to the point that they just cant afford cant you see you A---sss hole that this people are already suffered enough from this mugging. unnecessary taxes that is not benefiting people your only thinking about you and your cronies thats all your concern is about this.
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 1 Aug 2014 8:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The only things I order online are items that cost 5 times more here on the island. Maybe the big fish (the handfull who own all retail) should reconsider their pricing practices.

Ever try to buy a "real" motorcycle helmet here? Simply not available. Selection here is pathetic and geared to the $200 a month crowd.

From what I understand, they are not simpy talking about adding the itbis (18%) to the value...but more. I guess I will be flying to Florida more often if this tax goes into effect and just bring the items back in my allowable limit.
Written by: laman00, 1 Aug 2014 8:54 PM
From: United States
Just wait and see Mike its only a matter of time they will come up with new laws of ALLOWABLE LIMIT! They will go through your luggages and tax you one by one however they want it, trust me on this.
Written by: Perception This user is banned, 2 Aug 2014 12:00 AM
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Written by: laman00, 2 Aug 2014 12:17 AM
From: United States
Ok mr ZODIAC whatever!!!
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Written by: telemeco, 2 Aug 2014 8:43 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Monte Plata

got the perfect idea,,,have a boat market 12 mile outside Dominican water and sell items it cant be tax
Written by: chillinout, 2 Aug 2014 8:47 AM
From: Dominican Republic
From what I understand exports from this country enter America Duty free under DR-CAFTA. At the end of 2015 1,018 lines will enter Duty free here and business leaders are complaining.

Some shipped in purchases - battery charger $24.00 + 10 ship = $34.00 from Walmart add ITBIS18% =$40.12. Large membership discount club here $98.00. for exact same model not in stock though. 12 outdoor LED flood lights fr Amazon $84.00 + $50.00 ship = $134.00 + 18% = $158.12 local price $550.00 exact same lights. If they include Duty up to 35% and Luxury tax up to 80% then add ITBiS 18% I will not ship in nor buy here but will fly them back with me or friends.

.A country built on consumption taxes yet the majority of the population has no money to consume-80% of GDP is household consumption. If a person from a country with a national average hourly wage of $45,000/yr thinks prices are unreasonable how about the people here with a national average wage of $7,000 think?
Written by: chillinout, 2 Aug 2014 9:05 AM
From: Dominican Republic
My best advice to any Dominican seeking a modern comfortable life is to get off this island. Head to Mexico and hop the boarder into America. There may be be amnesty available soon.

Do not end up in Washington Heights with your fellow citizens. NYC area expensive and not that nice.

Example -in my north central Florida area get a minimum wage job@ $16k/yr. Apartments run $400/mo 3 bdrm 2 ba houses $900/mo. Take a friend or two for roommates. Three people would have a combined income $48k/yr Each would have deduct $1200 for social sec tx & $600 income tax so $42,600 left to live on. After rent on house $32000 left. Utilities $110/mo - running the A/C all day long no A/C $45/mo. Internet and cable $75/mo. $32000 - 2040 = $29600. Plenty left over for furniture, transportation, food or almost $10k per person left in a year All this on legal minimum wage. Imagine if you earned more. Live the way you in D.R. and spend even less.
Written by: laman00, 2 Aug 2014 10:32 AM
From: United States
Instead of encouraging this people to stand up for what is not fair your asking them to leave everything and leave?? As if things look very bright here in our country where do you come up woth those numbers? First of all anyone is going to make the kind of money that your suggesting needs to know the language which is very hard for them, when was the last time you read about our unemployment status specialy in Florida, more people are loosing jobs then gaining, the housing problem is still in a bad shape, the cost of living is out of control, dont encourage people to come here just beacause you might be one of those thats doing good, but majority of the people are still not out of the woods yet, and it doesnt look good also the future.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 2 Aug 2014 10:47 AM
From: United States
My advise would be its time to take the government over and put in place good honest people. The only way to clean up our government is make corruption a capital offense where you are executed and all your family assets become state property. After 99% of the current government, military, and police are executed and all their assets taken the country will be almost 100% middle class. Fix the electricity and water system and we will prosper. With hope one day this can really happen.
Written by: laman00, 2 Aug 2014 10:51 AM
From: United States
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 2 Aug 2014 12:54 PM
From: United States
Iaman, it would be a pleasure to sit with a guy like you, and shoot the breeze. anybody who suggests to Dominicans to stay right here, and put in the same effort at home as they would do abroad, is my kind of thinker.
Written by: laman00, 2 Aug 2014 1:03 PM
From: United States
Thank you Dreadlock i appreciate your comment.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 2 Aug 2014 2:33 PM
From: United States
any person who leaves his homeland to go to the USA at this point in history better be able to speak the language, and have a skill that is in great demand. no guy leaving the barrio with a 4th grade education need apply.
Written by: laman00, 2 Aug 2014 7:52 PM
From: United States
any person who leaves his homeland to go to the USA at this point in history better be able to speak the language, and have a skill that is in great demand. no guy leaving the barrio with a 4th grade education need apply.

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