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Haiti - Economy : Next budget what awaits the taxpayer !
06/07/2017 11:37:55

Haiti - Economy : Next budget what awaits the taxpayer !
Domestic tax revenues (taxes, duties and taxes and others) represent in the draft budget law for the fiscal year 2017-2018 an amount of 93.4 billion Gourdes out of the 144 billion of the State budget, to fill the treasury coffers in this budget proposal, that the government intends to collect the necessary tax revenues in the pockets of taxpayers: citizens and businesses.

If the draft budget is ratified without amendment by parliamentarians, include among others the following changes :

Modification of the Foncière Contribution des Properties Bâties (CFPB) :
Any building that can house persons or property, occupied or not, inhabited by its owner, usufruct or lease is subject to the CFPB according to the following scale :

Up to 50,000 gourdes: 6%
From 50,001 to 100,000 gourdes: 7%
From 100,001 to 150,000 gourdes: 8%
From 150,001 to 200,000 gourdes: 9%
More than 200,000 gourdes: 10%

A 60% abatement will be applied to the principal amount of the CFPB for the principal residence of the residents.

For any building housing hotels or similar, a 50% abatement will be applied on the principal amount of the CFPB. In no case the principal amount of the tax may not be less than 1,000 gourdes.

Getting a passport :
The passport valid for 5 years for minors will cost 2,500 Gdes (all taxes included)
The passport valid for 10 years for adults will cost 6,000 Gdes (all taxes included)

In the event of a passport renewal, the amount to be paid remains unchanged.

Driver's license :
A) Driving license - type A, E: 2,500 Gdes
B) Driving license - type B: 2,500 Gdes
C) Driving license - type C: 1,000 Gdes
D) Driving license - type D: 250 Gdes

Changing in the cost of tickets :
Circulating without the annual vignette: 2,000 Gdes
Circulating without license plates: 12,000 Gdes
Circulating with a license expired more than one month: 2,000 Gdes
Failure to respect the rules of engagement of a vehicle on public roads in particular
Drive with an insurance policy expired for more than 72 hours: 2,000 Gdes

Obtaining a Fiscal Registration Card (CIF) :
The Fiscal Registration Card is made on the basis of the payment of a fee each year:
2,500 Gdes for companies and legal entities
1,000 Gdes for individuals in employment
250 Gdes for laborers, temporary staff and unemployed persons

In case of non-payment on the required dates the amount will be doubled

Change in Income Tax :
It is made obligation to natural or legal persons who use the services of a provider whose tax residence is outside of Haiti to pay to the Directorate General of Taxes, within fifteen days of full or partial payment of the benefits, the amount of the Income Tax calculated at the rate of 5% for legal persons and 15% for individuals.

Are subject to payment of Income Tax on a flat rate, traders, industrialists and generally any business whose annual turnover or total assets of less than 2.5 million gourdes. In no case the Income Tax on a flat rate basis can be less than 10,000 Gdes.

Are compelled to pay the Income Tax based on the real benefit all individual members or companies whose turnover or the amount of total assets is greater than or equal to 2.5 million gourdes.

If a taxpayer refuses to comply with the law and after an injunction, the tax on the basis of the financial statements will be established automatically by doubling the amount of the deposit paid or which should be paid. In case of repeated offense, the tax and the fine are doubled.

In addition, the following requests for services are now subject to the presentation of a certificate of final declaration of taxes: Stamp and delivery of passport; Vehicle registration plates; Residence permit ; Driver's license ; Registration of property and security rights; Application for deductible and subsidy; Contracting between the government and service providers; Vehicle Insurance Against Third Parties; Legalization of parts; Patent, rental tax; Closure and rent of property in the private domain of the State. Persons whose tax domicile is located outside Haiti must provide proof that they are in good standing with the tax authorities of their country of residence and will pay a minimum flat tax of 10,000 Gdes

Commissions and brokerage commissions are subject to a withholding tax of 15%. The company or individual company is obliged to make the levy and to pay the tax accompanied by an explanatory statement to the Directorate General of Taxes from the 1st to the 15th of the month following that of the payment, under penalty of a fixed fine 100,000 Gdes for each case reported.

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