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MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE ECONOMY
INLAND REVENUE DIVISION
TAX INFORMATION BULLETIN
AUGUST's TIPS & REMINDERS
ARE YOU A HOTEL OPERATOR? THEN THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO YOU:-
A Hotel Operator is defined as a person who carries on a trade or business operating a hotel, either by
himself or through an agent.
The Hotel Operator IS accountable to the Board of Inland Revenue for the Hotel Accommodation Tax.
Hotel Accommodation Tax is the tax chargeable on the proceeds of the letting of hotel accommodation at
the rate of 10%. It is to be collected by the Hotel Operator.
This tax is payable on or before the last day of the month following that in which the tax is collected, and
must be accompanied by a Hotel Accommodation Tax Return.
The Hotel Operator is responsible for keeping proper books and records of accounts for inspection as
required by the Board of Inland Revenue.
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PAYE/Health Surcharge Returns and Remittance for July 2015 deductions
Financial Services and Insurance Premium Tax Returns and Remittances for July 2015
VAT Return and payments are due for period June - July 2015. Late payment results in 8% penalty
and interest at the rate of 2% per month or part thereof
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION TAX RETURN together with the remittance of the 10% tax deduction for
VAT registrants in Category B, your period ends on the last day of this month.
[*The Statutory Date, August 15 is a Saturday in 2015. Payments will be accepted on Monday August 17, 2015.]
[**The Statutory Date August 31, is a Public Holiday. Payments will be accepted on Tuesday September 01, 2015]
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JAKARTA---Indonesian police have rescued 45
Burmese fishermen, believed to be trafficking vic-
tims, from a hotel in central Jakarta where they
were taken after travelling on fake documents, offi-
cials and the men said yesterday.
Authorities tracked down the group Wednesday
by zeroing in on a cellphone signal, said Lt Col Arie
Dharmanto, head of the National Police human traf-
ficking unit. They had been brought to the capital
from the eastern Indonesian island of Ambon.
45 Burmese trafficking
"They apparently were human trafficking victims,"
said National Police Detective Chief Lt Gen Budi
Waseso. "We are still investigating this case to reveal
the human trafficking networks and who is the mas-
termind behind this."
Ambon is in the same island chain as the remote
village of Benjina, which was exposed in March by
The Associated Press as an area where hundreds of
foreign fishermen from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand
and Laos were being forced to work as slaves on
Thai-run boats. Some men were found in a cage
One of the newly rescued men who spoke to the
AP said he was confused about what happened and
how he and the others ended up in Jakarta. He said
an agent lured them from Myanmar to Thailand with
the promise of jobs there, but they were instead put
on fishing boats and taken to Ambon, where they
worked on four different vessels. He said all were
issued fake Thai seamen documents, even though
they are Myanmar nationals. He said they worked
for the company for up to four years and had been
paid less than what they were promised. Another
man said he wasn t given a salary for three years.
"We were beaten on the boat and were not allowed
to rest, even when we were sick," said the Burmese
man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing
Police are working to determine whether the men
were trafficked and how they managed to travel with-
out proper paperwork. They are being sheltered in
a safe house for protection.
"They are just victims. We will uncover the truth,
including how the network runs its crime and how
it could happen here," Waseso said, adding that police
will question and investigate the company that recruit-
ed the crew. Its name was not released.
The AP s report has caused a shakeup in the fishing
industry. It resulted in the repatriation of more than
800 men. In addition, seven people have been arrested
in Indonesia along with two others in Thailand in
relation to the Benjina case. Other human trafficking
cases continue to be investigated. (AP)
In this Wednesday photo, Burmese fishermen, part of a group of 45 men who
were rescued by Indonesian Police, have their dinner at the National Police
headquarters in Jakarta. AP PHOTO
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