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LianeLeTendre
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Another new tax
      #1730441 - 04/19/17 01:48 PM (209.59.86.152)

More good news for overnight visitors ...

In addition to last year's new departure fees, your airline or ferry tickets may soon go up by another $10.00 per head.

"The House of Assembly has passed a Bill through which the government is seeking to have all visitors to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) start paying $10 into a fund that is yet to be established.

The Bill, which is entitled Environmental Protection and Tourism Improvement Fund Act 2017, was passed with amendments yesterday, April 18."

It seems cruise ship passengers will be exempt.


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SoakInSaltwater
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Re: Another new tax [Re: LianeLeTendre]
      #1730452 - 04/19/17 03:49 PM (68.42.137.247)

We sure wouldn't expect the sheeple to pay their fair share for the damage they do to the environment.

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tpcook
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Re: Another new tax [Re: LianeLeTendre]
      #1730467 - 04/19/17 06:34 PM (75.133.122.28)

Is this for all visitors including belongers or is this just for the lucky non-belonger. This taxation has got to stop. Who can afford to travel to the BVI with all the taxes, fees, charges, licenses etc Disgusting!

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Sunnykm
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Re: Another new tax [Re: tpcook]
      #1730476 - 04/19/17 08:25 PM (71.195.127.67)

A nick here and nick there and pretty soon you've cut off your arm due to paper cuts. $10 fee for environmental protection seems reasonable, but I have my doubts about it being spent to keep the environment clean or protected.

If we saw good use of tax dollars collected, then I wouldn't be opposed to another tax. If I charter from CYOA, do I bypass the tax? If I motor in on a super yacht do I bypass the tax? If I am a resident and I go to St Thomas for necessities, then I pay the tax on the ferry?

What happened to the $15 per cruise ship passenger fees?


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GlennAModerator
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Re: Another new tax [Re: Sunnykm]
      #1730482 - 04/19/17 09:11 PM (70.177.21.121)

The fact that cruise ship passengers are exempt is particularly egregious. Back in 2012 the Conservation and Fisheries made a major mistake by having a consultant give a public presentation of his findings on the economic balance of tourism with the environment without showing what was in his report to the powers that be. I printed out the report before it was pulled from BVI.gov.

In essence he was measuring the economic gain of an activity against the environmental cost of that activity. He stated that from an economic standpoint, overnight visitors have a 2 to 1 positive impact, charters have a 3 to 1 poitive impact and cruise ship visitors have a 1 to 6 NEGATIVE impact.

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denverd0n
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Re: Another new tax [Re: Sunnykm]
      #1730520 - 04/20/17 09:06 AM (131.247.65.4)

Quote:

Sunnykm said:
$10 fee for environmental protection seems reasonable, but I have my doubts about it being spent to keep the environment clean or protected.



THIS ^^^^^^^

I wouldn't mind paying taxes if I had any confidence at all that it was going to well spent. In fact, I have a great deal of confidence that it will NOT be well spent!


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RickinAtlanta
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Re: Another new tax [Re: denverd0n]
      #1730523 - 04/20/17 09:40 AM (50.160.236.10)

This comment from the article is spot on!

Quote:

How much have they just spent in buying diesel generators to burn fossil fuels to produce power? And then thereís the open burning of plastics and all sorts of devastating toxic materials next door in Pockwood pondís ďopen inceneratorĒ
Iíll let you into a little secret NDP, the tourists can see all this and will wonder why the investments arenít going into wind or solar power generation or are we lacking in regular sun or wind here?




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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: Another new tax [Re: denverd0n]
      #1730525 - 04/20/17 09:46 AM (47.192.9.53)

Quote from the article "....seeking to have all visitors to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) start paying $10 into a fund that is yet to be established." Since this fund isn't even established yet, I'm sure tremendous care will be used to ensure that ALL the money goes to the stated purposes.. (Sarcasm very much intended...)

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Kirk
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Re: Another new tax [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1730532 - 04/20/17 10:28 AM (68.167.192.130)

Where do the current fees go?

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tpcook
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Re: Another new tax [Re: Kirk]
      #1730544 - 04/20/17 11:57 AM (75.133.122.28)

Kirk, lots go into pockets never to be seen again.

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