Minister Cappelli: The sojourn tax is not a tax, nor a parafiscal levy

first_imgAfter the entire tourist industry, from the hosts in the family accommodation and hoteliers, loudly rebelled against raising the sojourn tax, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board also reacted.MINT and CNTB: Tourist tax funds important revenue of the CNTB for the promotion of CroatiaThe funds collected by the sojourn tax are an important income of the Croatian Tourist Board aimed, among other things, at financing promotional activities, and the proposal of new changes in the sojourn tax is being worked on by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, as a result of coordination and agreement with all stakeholders. changing market challenges with the main goal – strengthening the competitive position of our country on the world tourist map, point out the MINT.The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, points out that the sojourn tax is not a tax or parafiscal levy and the funds are not transferred to the state treasury, but to revenues that are returned directly to destinations through redistribution, cities, counties, CNTB and the Red Cross. “The sojourn tax is stated on a separate invoice and can in no way be part of the price of our accommodation offer. The amounts have not changed since 2005, when it was calculated at the level of 35 days of occupancy and the average price of 100 kuna in private accommodation. When you look at how many millions of people have searched our country these days thanks to the strong promotion for the historic success of our footballers at the World Cup, it is invaluable. I am sure that all our dear guests would be happy to contribute to the beauty, infrastructure, offer and promotion of destinations in the Republic of Croatia that they have chosen as their vacation spot.”, commented the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić points out that the funds collected by the sojourn tax significantly improve the functioning of the entire system and enable the implementation of key legal tasks such as promotion, development of tourist offer, encouraging events in the destination and strengthening competencies and professionalization of employees. “We know that the sojourn tax is the most significant income of the tourist board system, and it is the amount paid by the guest and which, for example, through the model of joint advertising, event support, offer improvement and more is largely returned to the system. The competition does not stand still. More money from the sojourn tax means more money to promote the country. This would really help us to continue to follow in the promotional and marketing sense, but also to impose trends in order to strengthen the recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination on the international market.”, concluded the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.NEW REGULATION ON THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAXThe new Decree on the amount of sojourn tax, which should enter into force on January 1, 2019, determines the amount of sojourn tax paid by persons who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps, the lump sum of sojourn tax paid by citizens providing catering services in household and peasant household, the amount of the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owner of the holiday home or apartment for himself and members of the immediate family (“weekenders”) and the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owners or users of the vessel for themselves and for all persons vessel (sailors). The decree proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons who use the overnight service in accommodation facilities where the sojourn tax is paid per night (except campsites) by 25% more compared to 2018. Therefore, the amount of this tax in a tourist place of class A in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation would increase from 8 to 10 kuna. The regulation also proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons providing catering services for accommodation in the household and on the family farm by 15% – it has not changed since 2005.These changes will apply only to A class and apply only in the heart of the tourist year, point out the MINT, adding that the amount of sojourn tax is not determined by location but by seasonal periods and the class of the tourist place. The amount of the sojourn tax does not change, ie it remains at the same level as in 2018 for people who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps (types of camps and camping rest areas), and for the owner of a holiday home and apartment and members of his immediate family who pay the sojourn tax in an annual lump sum. For household camps, the amount of the sojourn tax prescribed for private renters applies.RELATED NEWS:CROATIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY AGAINST RAISING RESIDENCE TAX BEFORE RESTRUCTURING THE TOURIST BOARD SYSTEMANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN RESIDENCE TAX AND TAX CAUSED AN AVAILABLE OF DISSATISFACTIONlast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse suffers a record fifth nonconference loss, 93-60, to St. John’s

first_img Published on December 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm Syracuse (7-5) suffered a big, 93-60 loss to St. John’s (6-7) on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first time SU has ever lost five nonconference games. For a graphical breakdown of the loss, click here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

National Mortgage Servicing Association Seeks Clarity on TCPA Regs

first_img On Wednesday, the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) sent a letter to the FCC requesting clarifications and guidance regarding implementation of regulations imposed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).Back in March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling in the case of ACA International v. FCC, clarifying several issues with regard to consumer and industry rights pertaining to robocalls and texts sent to consumers. While industry groups hailed this as a step in the right direction, there are still many questions that need answering with regards to how TCPA regs apply to servicers and the financial services industry.The NMSA is a nonpartisan organization driven by senior executive representation from the nation’s leading mortgage servicing organizations, formed for the purpose of effecting progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry. The NMSA’s letter is in response to a call for comment solicited by the FCC after the court’s ruling in ACA.“Current TCPA regulation, while admirable in motivation, is the product of an outdated regulatory response to concerns from a bygone era,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “One need look no further than the lessons gleaned from the recent natural disasters to see that mortgage servicers and consumers alike have a vested interest in ensuring that the most up-to-date information regarding the status of the largest investment that many Americans will ever make—their home—is readily available via channels that are convenient and accessible. The industry is requesting a common-sense regulatory response to the realities of 21st-century technological capabilities.”The NMSA letter notes that the TCPA’s original intent to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls was admirable. “Recently, however, the TCPA has been expanded far beyond its intended purpose and is in need of reform,” the letter states. “The TCPA, as construed now, actually harms both consumers and businesses attempting to comply with the law. Consumers are harmed because businesses face barriers in communicating vital and often legally required information using forms of communication (text, email, cell phones) that are impacted by TCPA restrictions.”As such, the NMSA’s letter lays out several suggestions as to how the TCPA regulations should be modified. First, it suggests that the FCC clarify the definition of an “auto dialer.” The NMSA recommends that dialing from a list should not automatically constitute an auto dialer. Furthermore, the NMSA suggests that “to be considered an [auto dialer], the technology needs to generate a phone number in random or sequential order AND call the number generated.”The NMSA recommends that the type of device used to contact the consumer should be less of a concern than the means in which that technology is used.“The consumer doesn’t know or care how they are called; they only care whether telemarketing calls are unwanted,” the letter reads. “Discussion should shift from the technology being used to the purpose of the call and whether a caller has a legitimate business relationship with the consumer. As businesses attempt to reach out regarding an account, the consumer should be able to receive their messages via their preferred manner of communication.”The NMSA letter also requests further clarification regarding how businesses should deal with reassigned phone numbers, pointing out that the caller has no way of knowing who will pick up the phone if they haven’t been informed that the number has been reassigned.Another key area in need of clarification is the ways in which consumers may grant or revoke consent to be contacted. As the NMSA letter explains, “The TCPA states that a consumer needs to provide ‘express written consent’ to receive calls from a company, and, at the same time, gives the consumer the option to opt out of the consent by ‘any reasonable means.’ While the court upheld this aspect of the regulation, ‘any reasonable means’ is problematic and overly broad.”The NMSA letter thus recommends that the FCC provide a more concrete definition of “any reasonable means” as: “(1) a company establishing and following procedures for revoking consent; or (2) not using intentionally deceptive options of opt-out.”The topic of robocalls/auto dialers was also the subject of a recent Senate hearing. Scott Delacourt, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP and a representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who testified at the Senate hearing, said: “Unfortunately, the Commission’s implementation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act over many years has fostered a whirlwind of litigation. Interpretations by courts and the FCC have strayed far from the statute’s text, Congressional intent, and common sense, turning the TCPA into a breeding ground for frivolous lawsuits brought by serial plaintiffs and their lawyers, who have made lucrative businesses out of targeting U.S. companies.” National Mortgage Servicing Association Seeks Clarity on TCPA Regs June 13, 2018 640 Views autodialers FCC National Mortgage Servicing Association NMSA Robocalls TCPA Telephone Consumer Protection Act 2018-06-13 David Whartoncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more