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New Zealand Slaps New Taxes on Tourists

June 15, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

Air New ZealandWELLINGTON – New Zealand is tightening up its borders and slapping taxes and fees on those wanting to visit or live in the country.

On June 15th the government of New Zealand launched a new consultation on proposed changes to the taxes and levies to be paid by visitors and migrants coming to the country.

Immigration and tourist taxes have been a hot-button topic in New Zealand in the last year, with the newly elected government making a campaign promise to address the issues of excessive inward migration and drawing more funding from visitors for tourism infrastructure.

The government has now released its proposed changes in this regard, and is seeking public comment on the proposals.

Among the proposed changes is a NZD 30 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, which will ...

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Morocco Will Tax Online Tourist Bookings

April 19, 2018 Taxation in Morocco

Morocco accommodation taxRABAT – Morocco wants tourists to use traditional hotels and travel agents, instead of making bookings online.

The government of Morocco has reportedly set its sights on online travel and accommodation booking providers, in order to even the playing ground between traditional tourist service providers and the new technology-focused providers.

The government has not disclosed any proposals for how the tax will function, how it will be levied, or what the potential tax rate will be, however, it was indicated that the tax will come into effect in 2019.

It is also known that when the tax comes into effect, authorities will use undercover inspectors to ensure that accommodation providers using online booking are paying the taxes owed on the short-term rentals.

The government explained that t...

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Japan Approves “Sayonara Tax”

April 17, 2018 Taxation in Japan

Departure tax JapanTOKYO – Japan’s will soon charge you to leave the country, and will then use the money to get tourists into the countryside.

Last week the government of Japan approved a new departure tax, which has already come to be called the “sayonara tax”.

From January 7th, 2019, anybody departing the country by aeroplane or ship will be required to pay a tax of JPY 1 000.

The only notable exceptions to the tax will be children under the age of 2, and travellers who are leaving the country within 24 hours of their initial arrival.

The tax is expected to raise a total of JPY 6 billion, in the first 3 months of next year alone, with the total rising to as much as JPY 43 billion per year by 2020.

The government has already set forward rules which stipulate that any revenues gathered from the tax wi...

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Reality of Bed Taxes Creeping Up in NZ

March 9, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

Wellington bed taxWELLINGTON – New Zealand’s capital is eyeing up bed taxes and tourism taxes, despite backlash from the industry.

Earlier this week the city council of the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, opted to investigate the feasibility of widening the taxes applied to tourism-based industries in the area.

At the start of March, the Council announced that it was looking at instating a bed tax on accommodation providers in the city.

The proposal was met with almost immediate backlash from the hospitality industry.

It was claimed by the industry that a targeted bed tax would place a tax burden on providers, despite the fact that tourism benefits several industries at the same time.

The Council has now stated that it will broaden its view and try and create a new means by which a greater portion of...

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Tourism Tax Opposed in Wales

January 19, 2018 Taxation in UK

tourism taxCARDIFF – Wales should not use its new tax powers to enact a tax on tourists, say researchers.

A new report prepared by Prof Annette Pritchard on behalf of the Wales Tourism Alliance is claiming that a tourism tax in Wales will not help the country.

Currently, Wales is evaluating the taxes which it could implement under its new devolved tax powers, with a tourism tax being one of the four that are receiving serious attention.

However, the research claims that the UK already has one of the highest tax burdens on tourism, at a time when many other European countries are opting to reduce taxes on the tourist industries.

It was claimed that a tourist tax would inhibit economic growth and reduce the number of people coming to Wales for holidays, ultimately leading to reduced revenues and empl...

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