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NZ Approving Tourist Tax

September 28, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

New Zealand Visitor TaxWELLINGTON – Visiting New Zealand will soon be NZD 35 more expensive, following the approval of a new visitor levy.

On September 26th the Cabinet of New Zealand approved the International Visitor Conservation & Tourism Levy which is to be paid by tourists coming to the country.

The new levy will be paid at a rate of NZD 35 per person entering the country for a temporary visitor tourism purposes.

The levy will be collected via either visa fees or via a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which will be completed prior to arrival in New Zealand.

Visitors from a country with a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand will pay via the ETA while tourists who require a Visitor Visa will make the payment at the time of lodgement of their visa application.

The funds raised from the levy will be...

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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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