Individuals who establish their residence in the country may be exempt from paying customs tax in the Dominican Republic for personal furnishings. In order to be eligible for this exemption, you would need to fall into one of the following categories:
There is an erroneous interpretation of this last exemption that only applies to citizens who apply for Residence as:
However, that is not the case. Law no. 146-00 on Tariff Reform modifies Law No. 14-93 on customs tariffs in its article 13 and establishes the following:
The following are exempt from the payment of tariffs:
Imports of personal and household items owned by foreign nationals who come to reside permanently in the country, as well as Dominican nationals who have resided abroad for a period of two (2) consecutive years and return to establish their definitive residence in the country, as long as they have not been granted this privilege previously. Additionally, imports of books for personal use by Dominican nationals who return definitively after studying abroad.
Therefore, in this sense, any person who moves to the Dominican Republic can benefit from this law which makes them exempt from the payment of Customs Tax in the Dominican Republic for personal furnishings. As a result, the party in question would be allowed to bring all of their personal furnishings into the country. In the case of Dominican nationals, they need to prove that they have been outside the country for the last two (2) consecutive years.
It is determined after your shipment has been evaluated.
The common recommendation for this process, is to ensure you are properly advised by a professional in the field before you travel. You may seek those services through a law firm or a specialized lawyer, in order to avoid the following:
In other articles, we have elaborated on important topics related to residing in the Dominican Republic, as well as the tax advantages that you may enjoy. If you are interested in these topics, you can access those articles here:
In our law firm Morillo Suriel Attorneys at Law, we have a division specialized in Tax and Dominican Immigration Law. Through this unit, we can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding taxes and other obligations established in the Dominican Republic.
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