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Santo Domingo.- Amid widespread criticism former president Hipolito Mejia on Monday said "the Government should maintain tax exemptions on online purchases up to US$200, in light of the current legal framework," reverting his previous statement supporting the tax.

Mejía said the tax should be restructured to keep "a few profiteers from distorting it at the expense of the Treasury."

"I’ll always agree that the State must collect taxes from the powerful to support investment on the needs of the needy, I think that the Government should collect this tax from the powerful, which benefit from it without the right to do so," he said

Mejia now calls the measure "illegal" since it "penalizes the thousands of citizens who make minor purchases individually within the framework of the existing legality and as a way to stretch their meager budget."

The opposition leader spoke in a rally of support by youngsters from the PRD party who entered his new party, the PRM.

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Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 12 Aug 2014 10:17 AM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
So tax based on income!?
Written by: bernies, 12 Aug 2014 10:30 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Hey Hipolito, big businesses already get a big tax brake because they import in bulks and for that reason they pay 60% less taxes than small companies and individuals.
Written by: chillinout, 12 Aug 2014 3:29 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(have to pay tax on shpg & insurance)

Total cost to import $31,465.00 .

No wonder why people are poor here.

So a computer cost $1000.00 in US it costs the reseller here $1314.00 to get it out of customs then he adds profit say 15% (Costco in America adds 15% to costs doubt this low here) $200.00.
Computer is sold to public for $1514.00 but I think ITBIS has to added so final cost $1786.52

79% more than it cost in America. Closer to 100% when I shopped for one here so profit % higher.
After shipg in + tax still saved over 50% vs local purchase
Written by: josearias, 12 Aug 2014 9:30 PM
From: United States
I was watching S. Canal. Today and one panelists see in DR there's about 10 millions citizens okay. I got that .fine. The little problem I got with that figure is .HOW MANY DOMINICAN CITIZENS MAKE OVER 300 DOLLARS A MONTH. THAT WILL BUY ON LINE TO GET SOMETHINGS WITH CUALIDY OR FOR THERE MONEY. ( CORRUPTS First flight for LOMA.MIRANDA AND NOT FOR TAX ING EVERY DR CITIZENS.
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