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#261319 01/03/08 07:55 AM
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Trying to plan a visit and guide is asking for 10% 'tax' on total price of package. Checking Belize Government site, it is not mentioned.

Anyone with insight that can connect me to "official" information would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Oman

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My understanding is that the 10% has to be included in the original price quoted. So don't let them con you!

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By law, the 10% VAT must be included in the price as advertised. That being said, there are still a few businesses around here that add it on after the sale. When you ask them about it they roll their eyes. Check around and find a price you can live with and just make sure the tax is included. No surprises.


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correct SCUBAwalk
Its included in the price.
another illegal stick the tourist get is the credit card use charge.
vendors/merchants sign an agreement, as a condition of the privilege to accept credit cards, they will not add the bank charge to the customers purchase. However its very common to hear you are getting an extra 5% add on to your bill for credit card use.


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In any case, many independent tour guides are not registered for GST and should not be charging the tax anyway.

Adding a credit card charge breaks card rules but is not illegal. I don't know how widespread it is. I know I've never done it, tempting though it may be.

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I stand corrected pedro2, Your right its not illegal, just a violation of the merchants contract with the credit card company.


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Thanks to all. I guess I will be seeking a different guide service. No reason to reinforce the abuse, eh?

Oman

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hey elbert, stick with the chimp!!!!!!!!!! wink

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Why Oman? The Guide seems to have acted above board. They gave you a price and said it included tax - which is correct.

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We are wondering the same thing about the 10% tax. Some tour websites show a price and at the bottom make it very clear that the 10% tax is added on. I wonder if we are getting ripped off? If a person knows up front that the price is $$$ plus 10% that equals the total. Very confused!!

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