Tough on Permatourists

elhombresinnombre

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I expect you already saw this on the news services today, but just in case you missed it...

Argentina's AFIP Gets Tough On Permatourists

Tourists departing Argentina should be prepared
for longer queues and allow more time for
processing as AFIP, the taxation authority of
Argentina's national government, steps in to
close a loophole which until now has allowed
visitors to overstay and avoid paying tax.

From this morning, passport checks on departing
passengers will include a calculation of total time
spent in the country and a financial interview will
be conducted with overstayers.

"It's very simple, really," explained AFIP
spokeswoman Lola Prifo. "Argentine tax law does
not discriminate between legal and illegal residents
and anyone who is resident in Argentina for more
than 180 days a year is obliged to pay tax in
Argentina."

Argentina taxes residents on their world-wide
income.

Visitors who fail the 180 day test will be escorted
to interview booths where their tax liability will be
calculated, payment of which will ensure
unhindered passage out of the country.

"Passengers should not worry if they are not
carrying sufficient funds to pay their dues,"
continued Ms Prifo. "AFIP have the power to
sequester property and money within Argentina
and the authority to freeze assets abroad and
once we have obtained sufficient colateral to cover
every eventuality, the traveler will be free to go."

Buenos Aires' Ezeiza airport is opening the disused
Airport Tax offices as interview booths from 8am
today. Construction of booths at Argentina's other
land, sea and air borders is expected to be
complete within the next few days.

There's more information available here.... http://tinyurl.com/bbc-permatourists-to-pay-tax
 

French jurist

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Hi HombresinNombre,

Guess what, I have this Belgian friend who came here back in september 2009.
Now he is detained (NOT IMPRISONED !!), because he could not prove the source of his
income.
Argentina is turning berzerk, I can tell you ! I never thought Argentina could do things right for once.

What are we going to do ?!
 

Skipper747

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Claim diplomatic status from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Syldavia.
Or just say he is on duty with Bianca Castafiore's escort at the Colón Theater...
If all fails, call General Alcazar in San Theodoros...
xxx
Nous les belgicains, on s'arrange toujours...
Esky a des frites et des moules, oùsk'il est détenu...?
 

citygirl

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Very funny - I wonder how many people panicked reading it though?

Although this will be archived and will people get that it was a joke when they search the forums later on?
 

mini

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elhombresinnombre said:
"Passengers should not worry if they are not
carrying sufficient funds to pay their dues,"
continued Ms Prifo. "AFIP have the power to
sequester property and money
within Argentina
and the authority to freeze assets abroad and
once we have obtained sufficient colateral to cover
every eventuality, the traveler will be free to go."
Yeah, so "don't worry"......

Nice one! ;)
 

Alzinho

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citygirl said:
Very funny - I wonder how many people panicked reading it though?

Although this will be archived and will people get that it was a joke when they search the forums later on?
Which is why it's a perfect example of an ill-thought-out April Fool - it's eminently believable and contains absolutely no element of humour.

It's just mean spirited.

Not very nice elhombresinnombre.

:(
 

Slopey

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It can't be a joke if it's not 'eminently believable'!
I loved it too...sweated for a full two minutes, trying to count days in my muddled up head.
 
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