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Fiscal Charge to Be Reviewed

ASEAN Ministers Agree to Consider Removing Exit Taxes and Other Barriers to Travel.

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The Tourism Ministers of ASEAN plus their counterparts from Japan, China and Korea - met in Yogyakarta, Central Java during the meetings leading up to the ASEAN Tourism Fair which ended on January 28, 2002. During those meetings, the tourism chiefs agreed to review all administrative barriers to travel in the region including exit and fiscal taxes, such as the Rp. 1 million (+/- US$100) fee levied on all departing Indonesian residents.

That tax, actually a pre-payment on income tax, can be claimed for reimbursement when submitting payroll withholding tax payments.

One of the suggestions tabled during the Ministerial meetings was that the tax should be waived for travel between ASEAN member nations. For such a change in policy to be introduced it would require cross-ministerial approval and the signature of the resident.

At the same meetings each member nation agreed to donate US$ 60,000 to a general promotional fund for ASEAN with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia given a smaller donation total of US$ 20,000 each reflecting their reduced financial circumstances.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum followed by the ASEAN Tourism Fair will be held in January 2003 in Cambodia.

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