Dominicans must decide how to spread tourism’s blessings
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Internal Taxes Agency (DGII) Guarocuya Felix on Tuesday said most of the revenue from taxes should go directly back to the towns which pay the most, but acknowledged that the government push has failed to materialize thus far.
He stressed the need to rethink the way to give back to those who pay the most, but warned of a performance requirement, because “there are differences in the towns’ capacity to manage” for which the government should contribute to those directly.
The official said for a long time there’s been a strong communication between hoteliers of the National Hotels and Tourism Association -ASONAHORES- and the DGII, aimed at reaching agreements under the tax laws, such as the Advanced Pricing Agreement, APA, which takes into account energy costs, insurance, interest on borrowing costs as well as differences between hotel rates.
He said a pact should be signed taking into account fixed fees for hotel category and for tourism region, since a hotel in the eastern zone isn’t the same as one on the north coast. “That categorization is what the DGII awaits from ASONAHORES, to start signing the agreements, with each hotel particularly or together, through the organization which groups them.
Speaking in the event hosted by the Tourism Press Association (Adompretur), Felix revealed that of 35 associated hotels, three have confirmed they want an APA, but warned that they cannot expect a differentiated tax rate for tourism, but a single rate respecting acquired rights instead.
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