Opposition to online shopping tax mounts
Santo Domingo.- A prominent judicial organization on Monday filed an injunction against the Customs Agency’s provision to tax online shopping, just 12 hours after the think tank Institutionalism and Justice Foundation .
The Justice and Transparency Foundation (FJT) filed the request before the Arbitration Court at 10:30am, which demands the Office of the Ombudsman and the consumer protection agency (ProConsumidor “to come to the rescue of the people against the abuse of power by Customs.”
FJY president Trajano Vidal Potentini also cautioned the member countries of the DR-Cafta trade agreement to remain alert and demand compliance of the pact.
Accompanying Vidal were the Dominican Consumers and Users Defense Alliance, ASODECU, and the Dominican Chamber of Commerce.
For its part, the Government, represented by Finance minister Simón Lizardo, said the Customs measure is legal.
President Danilo Medina’s habit of letting national issues balloon to crises while keeping mum has prompted Dominican Republic’s most prestigious legal think tank to make an urgent call for his position on the Customs Agency’s decision to tax online purchases of less than US$200.
The Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus) said Medina “needs to speak out, because it appears that a director, who’s part of a Ministry, amends, not only a decree, but what was the legislator’s intention.”
Finjus executive vice president Serbio Tulio Castaños Guzmán warned that from the institutional standpoint, “it’s dangerous for a government agency to modify a decree or provision approved by Congress. “That’s not possible since that could create anarchy, because any agency by provision, could issue resolutions that could clash with laws and decrees.”
Castaños noted however that although Finjus doesn’t debate the tax or economic aspects and its institutionalism instead, “the mechanism currently used is not correct.”
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