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Customs wants to curtail online purchases

The Customs Agency (DGA) wants to make sure tax-free online purchases are just for individual use and are not being used by businesses to import goods for resale.

The DGA has uploaded the proposed guidelines online for consultations. Customs allows for online purchases up to US$200 to enter tax-free.

The publication of the guidelines is aimed at informing the public of the proposed new rules that would determine commercial versus personal imports.

The DGA is paying close attention the volume of goods imported by a single payer that may suggest these items are commercial in nature, intended for resale. In addition, the authorities will be tracking the type of merchandise imported, the frequency of the imports, and whether the imports are related to the commercial activity of the importer. A limit of US$2,000 is set per person to import a certain type of items per year.

The US$200 tax exemption is contemplated in the DR-CAFTA free treaty that does not establish a distinction between purchases for commercial purposes or personal use.

Diario Libre recalls that in 2014, the Customs Agency sought to tax online imports up to US$200, but the Superior Administrative Court (TSA) overturned this in response to a motion submitted by the Association of Couriers.

The Dominican Association of Couriers (Asodec) sent out a notification for consultations with its members on 7 August 2017.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Aug 11, 2017

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