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Maldives To Levy New 'Green' Tourism Tax

by Lorys Charalambous, Lowtax.net, Cyprus
20 October, 2015

Tourists in the Maldives will face a new daily USD6 levy from November 1.

The tax will affect those staying in tourist resorts, hotels, and vessels. Maldivians and resident permit holders will be exempt.

The onus will be on the operators of resorts and hotels to collect the tax from tourists and, in the case of tourist vessels, the local agent will be required to register to remit the "Green Tax."

The levy is being introduced through an amendment to the Maldives Tourism Act, passed on December 15, 2014.

The Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) is to conduct a series of training sessions to prepare local businesses for the changes.

Earlier, the Maldives hiked the rate of goods and services tax on tourism services to 12 percent from November 1, 2014.

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