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 Post subject: Aruba to raise taxes?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:26 am 
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I read in a blog yesterday that Aruba is going to "temporarily" going to raise the taxes 2.5%. Does anyone know if that is a overall tax or just an income tax?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:41 am 
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I believe it is on everything. It is going from 3.5% to 6%. I bet it never goes back down!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:53 am 
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So my car rental quote for next year goes up 2.5% and all meals? Do they tax on groceries as well, I forget?
Temporary is never temporary as we all know.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:41 am 
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froggy wrote:
So my car rental quote for next year goes up 2.5% and all meals? Do they tax on groceries as well, I forget?
Temporary is never temporary as we all know.



Yep....Current sales tax is 1.5% and current health tax is 2% for 3.5%

New sales tax 3% and health tax 3% for 6%.

All the times I have gone to the grocery stores, I have never looked to see if there is tax! LOL Interested to see what the answer is on that.

At least this one does not only target the tourist, and I am sure the locals are thrilled with it.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:43 am 
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On the bright side, it is still less than the sales tax where I live! :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:41 am 
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I feel bad for the Aruban people. We come and go. They have to live with the taxes every day.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:43 am 
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Arubadan wrote:
froggy wrote:
So my car rental quote for next year goes up 2.5% and all meals? Do they tax on groceries as well, I forget?
Temporary is never temporary as we all know.



Yep....Current sales tax is 1.5% and current health tax is 2% for 3.5%

New sales tax 3% and health tax 3% for 6%.

All the times I have gone to the grocery stores, I have never looked to see if there is tax! LOL Interested to see what the answer is on that.

At least this one does not only target the tourist, and I am sure the locals are thrilled with it.


You are right. At least we get to leave. MA does not tax groceries or clothing but the Aruban tax will tax the groceries. Getting expensive to travel there but it beats the snowin MA in Jan and Feb so I will pay with a :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:30 am 
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Very sad that everytime they turn around, they are getting a tax increase...Can you imagine, this happens without anyone voting on it...I would imagine this is very upsetting to them....We are so geared with taxes in our country and states but this is getting crazy for them...As previously stated, only affects us for a short term, they have to live with it and see if their pays get adjusted to cover heavier taxing...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:40 pm 
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WE pay almost 200 dollars extra on all these different taxes at our TS. They have electric tax, travel tax etc.. Crazy!

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The new highways need to be paid for. Healthcare costs are increasing. Aruba faces the same challenges as many states, cities and countries face. :wink: :D

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:07 pm 
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We've committed for another trip, but may be aging out.
Traveling IS expensive.
I don't know what % of the Aruba economy is tourism-based. Whatever percent, I still think it is "most".
Y'all want to travel? You gotta pay.
Yes, I agree our TS expense has doubled. Airfare that was at best 1-stop, became non-stop...this year we find it is 1-stop and up again in cost.
Good luck to the younger generation. Apologies if this sounds like a rant.

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3 % sales tax is very reasonable considering the social programs that are in place in Aruba . Where I live it's 15 % sales tax .


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jaccli wrote:
3 % sales tax is very reasonable considering the social programs that are in place in Aruba . Where I live it's 15 % sales tax .


In my country it is 6% on basic necessities (food, education) and 21% on everything else. Because we pay a lot of tax, our country is very well kept, there isn’t much poverty and people are healthy. It is just what you want. I don’t mind paying taxes.

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https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/7 ... -for-aruba


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:20 am 
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Very interesting article. Thank you


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