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Santo Domingo.- Customs director Fernando Fernández on Thursday said online purchases will be taxed from 18 to 42% and issued a 15-day deadline for businesses to comply. He said the measure aims to raise as much as RD$5.0 billion yearly.

He said an 18% Itebis consumption tax will be levied on those purchases, the same charged to the local market. "What we’re doing is enforcing our law, not creating a new tax," said Fernández.

"What happens is that it wasn’t being charged, and it wasn’t being charged because Executive Order  402-05 was being misread in the belief that internet purchases were being exempt from taxes, which isn’t true, because a decree cannot repeal tariffs or the tax code," the official said, quoted by

“The belief that Decree 402-05 exempted internet shopping from paying tax is a lie which has been dragged and Customs is not prepared to continue with this lie."


Customs issued a deadline of August 15 to comply, which affects more than 80,000 people who buy via the Web. It said the measure aims to treat local and foreign sellers equally.


The official said the government had lost out on more than RD$15 billion for failing to levy a tax on online shopping.

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Written by: laman00, 7 Aug 2014 1:18 PM
From: United States
Im speechless!! Wow
Written by: foresthill, 7 Aug 2014 1:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
well lets see if they collect this new tax will they pay the generators of electricity the 600 million us dollars they owe them????
Written by: BASTA, 7 Aug 2014 1:58 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Written by: chilliwestaziz, 7 Aug 2014 2:30 PM
From: Jamaica
It really is none of my business....but, here again, is where the few rich fat cats are making the govt do what they want them to do.

The tax is not to benefit the government as it is to discourage you on-liners from shopping outside of Plaza Llamas and Jumbo.
Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 7 Aug 2014 2:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
I'm sure the malls also contributed to this enforcement so that their shops get more business.
Written by: dreadlocks, 7 Aug 2014 2:50 PM
From: United States
well, as i said in a past posting, the government is doing the bidding of the merchant class. this means that even if an item has to be obtained via the internet, because it is not available here, they are going to take your pants down when you import it.
Written by: chillinout, 7 Aug 2014 2:59 PM
From: Dominican Republic
In a poor country like this having a Duty Tax up to 35%, a Luxury tax up to 80% and sales tax of 18% is punitive. In America the average wage is $46,000 a year and here it is $7,000. Yet the people here are forced to pay 2 -3 times costs for identical items if they can find what they really want to buy.

Some shipped in purchases - battery charger $24.00 + 10 ship = $34.00 from Walmart. Large international 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 local price $550.00 exact same lights.

Batt charger $34.00 + 42% tax (14.28) =$48.28 still half the cost at the store.

LED lights $134+ $56.28= $190.28 still only a third of the local cost.

I and others I know travel in and out of the country so some things may wait until I can stick them in a suitcase.

How do we trust this government? One day a law is a law and applied then another it is not a law and revoked. Who is cor
Written by: josean, 7 Aug 2014 3:09 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

To paraphrase Will Rogers :

The PLD never met a TAX they didn't like!

Where is all the BULLSHIT Talk about modernity and globalization!

Now you know why josean calls them TAX MUGGERS!

.........another chapter in NARCO Lie-onel's dream of creating little New York!

Written by: Gringo_1, 7 Aug 2014 3:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
I am shocked, truly shocked.
Written by: dreadlocks, 7 Aug 2014 3:11 PM
From: United States
somewhere, as we speak, Atabey is creaming in his shorts.
Written by: josean, 7 Aug 2014 3:15 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

"Written by: Danilo, 7 Aug 2014 2:38 PM

From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya

I'm sure the malls also contributed to this enforcement so that their shops get more business."

Not Shit PURPLE Sherlock and water is also wet.....what a PENDEJO!

Written by: josean, 7 Aug 2014 3:25 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Well to be Fair Saint Danilo needs the money to cover all the Nepotism Appointments being made one of the ULTRA-NAZIonalist Ethical Moralist BICHOS Pellegrin Castillo!


Zapete denuncia delito de nepotismo en Energía y Minas, que dirigen FNP y los Castillo

Zapete denouces the crime of nepotism at Energy and Mines, directed by the FNP and Castillo

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana.-El periodista Marino Zapete denunció este jueves que en el recién creado Ministerio de Energía y Minas, que dirige Pelegrín Castillo Semán, alto dirigente de Fuerza Nacional Progresista (FNP), se está cometiendo el delito de nepotismo, en violación a la Constitución de la República Dominicana y a la Ley de Administración Pública.


Written by: josean, 7 Aug 2014 3:30 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

SANTO DOMINGO, DominicanaRepublic.- The journalist Marino Zapete reported Thursday that at the newly created Ministry of Energy and Mines, run by Pelegrin Castillo Semán, senior leader of National Progressive Force (FNP), the crime of nepotism is being committed in violation of the Constitution of the Dominican Republic and the Civil Service Law.

Hey berines I thought you said Pelegrin was a Boy Scout!

Written by: bernies, 7 Aug 2014 3:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
The government gives every year about 225 Billions pesos in tax exemption to big businesses, why not take some of the money from there, now what they are trying to do is get it the easier way possible and not do their job. Big businesses already get a super tax exemption because they buy in bulk.

The youth votes will be lost, think again Fernandez if you want to be president in 2016 because if this law goes into effect you will be getting the bill.
Written by: DimeDRwarrior, 7 Aug 2014 3:45 PM
From: United States, Boston
Danilio Medina must be hiding in his turtle shell to avoid the reportors on this one lol fag boy
Written by: anthonyC, 7 Aug 2014 3:48 PM
From: United States

The D.R. is turning into an Ayn Rand novel.....And we all know how those end.
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 7 Aug 2014 3:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic
he is conveniently in Columbia....Lionel did the same when tough decisions where made public.
Written by: Brien, 7 Aug 2014 4:32 PM
From: United States
I know I'm repeating here: but just had to chime in and say this is truly a disgrace . . . and I cannot remember ever seeing a sale sign or price reduction sign in any of the electronics stores in DR.
Written by: josean, 7 Aug 2014 5:07 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Now the PURPLE TAX THUGS are using Gestapo Tactics!


Aduanas interviene couriers en aeropuerto Las Américas; ASODEC dice es retaliación

Las empresas que la DGA ha inspeccionado son UPS, DHL, Fedex, y Amerijet

Customs intervenes couriers in Las Americas airport; ASODEC says its retaliation

The Companies that DGA has inspected are UPS, DHL, Fedex and Amerijet
Written by: PatDiamond, 7 Aug 2014 5:23 PM
From: Botswana, La reconnaissance est une lachete'
Does this mean if you order from Amazon and have nobody in the states to receives your parcel and have it directly send to you that will be your custom clearing cost via fedex Ups ect ?
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 7 Aug 2014 6:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
time to "slap" the government and the few who control the retail market in this country.
Written by: josearias, 7 Aug 2014 9:01 PM
From: United States
To me they are going after some e specific . individual or company . interested because not everyone has a computer or smart cell phone. How much the average Dominican citizens can spend on a country no more than 8 millions , where 3 rd or 6 million of them Don't make 8000 th .dollars a year. How much can they spend.
Written by: josearias, 7 Aug 2014 9:04 PM
From: United States
Written by: RobertoJose, 8 Aug 2014 8:32 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
This is getting ridiculous now. This is what happens when you "Borrow from Peter to pay Paul and Paul doesn't get his money you promised" , Leonel Fernandez.

We still owe dat bill with the electric companies!!!!! You borrowed 750 Million Dollars to pay the electric bill 7yrs ago and it disappears like a fart in the wind, Leonel Fernandez. I'd like to stitch your A-hole shut and force feed you for a couple of days.

Written by: chillinout, 12 Aug 2014 2:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Just used an export calculator using US$100,000. of laptop computers as an example adding a US$1000. shipping cost and US$500. insurance cost.

Export from Dominican Republic to USA --- Duty $0.00, US Merchandise Processing fee $346.00, IRS Tax $0.00

Total cost $346.00 to import into America from Dominican Republic

From USA to Dominican Republic ------

Duty $0.00, Exchange surcharge $13,195, VAT tax $18,270

Total cost to import $31,465.00 Then retailer adds profit plus another 18% ITBIS tax I think.

No wonder why people are poor here.

Free trade agreement my butt.
Written by: LarryFreedom, 13 Aug 2014 3:35 PM
From: United States
What about taxing the gold that Barrick steals from this country instead of going after the people's wallets all the time?
Written by: gomas, 15 Aug 2014 7:16 AM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
bunch of idiots
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