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Gov’t to Demand 10,000 HTG from Every Haitian Living Abroad

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – In addition to the $1.50 surcharge on money transfers instituted in 2011 by the former Martelly administration, the Haitian government is hoping to enact a budget bill to receive a minimum of 10,000 HTG ($166.70 USD) annually from every Haitian living outside of the country.

The 2017-2018 budget will require the additional 10,000 HTG to come from hikes and taxes on passports for Haitians living abroad, drivers licenses, incoming phone calls and official records requests, to begin with. Beyond this, the Directorate General of Impots (Haiti’s Internal Revenue Service), will apply a 10,000 HTG flat tax to every member of the Diaspora.

Rezo Nòwès covered some 200 pages of the 2017-2018 budget proposal, tabled in parliament since June’s end. One of the unusual points that has attracted attention concerns the Change in Income Tax. It deals with the issue of persons whose tax domicile is outside Haiti. This implies immediately to Haitians from all over the world.

The latter must prove, under the new law of future finance, that they are in good standing with the tax administration of their country of residence and will pay a minimum flat tax of 10,000 Gdes.

This requirement, if it is known that few Haitians have a certificate of final declaration of taxes, implies that the article in question is tailor-made for the diaspora, the real cow- Which will increase the tax base.

Any new requests for services starting in the next fiscal year are now subject to the presentation of a final tax return certificate that even current Prime Minister Lafontant had not satisfied until the day he was chosen to hold the office of prime minister.

To obtain 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, none of these services can be obtained without asserting its annual tax return sheet.

In other words, Haitians who elect domicile abroad where the organized state provides all the basic services to each citizen, submitting proof that they are in good standing with the tax administration of their country of residence and pay a minimum tax of 10,000 Gdes. Parliamentarians must work on this point before reaching the ratification of the bill of finances.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.