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schexc
08-08-2021, 07:21 AM
Rona wrote this article yesterday. Not sure if the ruling applies to Tourists that own property?

https://batibleki.wheninaruba.com/are-we-getting-a-ground-tax-refund/

ARE WE GETTING A REFUND??
Back in 2019 the Government of Aruba implemented a few changes in the State Ordinance Ground Tax, SOGT.
The most significant of which was a change of the applicable ground tax rates for both individuals and legal entities.
Furthermore, the tax-free amount of Afl. 60,000 that could be deducted from the taxable base of the property was also abolished for all taxpayers.
Before 2019 the applicable rate was 0.4% for both individuals and legal entities. As of 2019 the rate was changed as follows for individuals:


Property value Afl. 120,000 or less: l0%
Property value as of Afl. 120,000 but less than Afl. 250,000: 0.2%
Property value as of Afl. 250,000 but less than Afl. 500,000: 0.3%
Property value as of Afl. 500,000 but less than Afl. 750,000: 0.4%
Property value of Afl. 750,000 or more: 0.6%

For other taxpayers (not individuals) the rate was always 0.6% as of the tax year 2019.
According to the SOGT, the ground tax assessments are determined for a period of 5 years. Grant Thornton explains, in their tax newsletter that a recent decision of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, Sint Martin and the BES islands in regards to an Aruban ground tax case, has significant implications.
While our tax rate was supposed to be fixed for a 5-year period, 2017 through 2021, GOA raised it in 2019.
As a result, someone asked the question, in court, whether the Tax Authorities could implement the rate increase and the abolition of the tax-free amount in 2019, within the 5-year period of no changes for the ground tax assessments.
This particular case involved a taxpayer who filed an appeal against his/her 2019 ground tax assessment. The Joint Court decided that: NO. The law does not allow for a change of the tax assessment within the 5-year period. The new assessment imposed, with the higher rate for 2019 should be completely annulled.
The taxpayers should have received the original ground tax assessment in 2019, as determined in the first year (2017) of the 5-year period with a rate of 0.4%.
But, the new rate must be annulled for all taxpayers that objected to the assessment.
I did not object.
Then what, I pay and the objectors are exempt??
The court still has to deal with other issues, but me question remains ARE WE GETTING A REFUND??
www.grantthornton.aw (http://www.grantthornton.aw)
@GrantThorntonAruba

act1966
08-08-2021, 07:53 AM
Schexc - do you have a link to the column? I can't seem to find it. Thanks!

schexc
08-08-2021, 08:04 AM
Schexc - do you have a link to the column? I can't seem to find it. Thanks!

I also added it to the first post.

https://batibleki.wheninaruba.com/are-we-getting-a-ground-tax-refund/

robin
08-08-2021, 08:22 AM
It'll take years for Aruba, who needs $$$$ to do anything and then still get a refund or credit wrong.

schexc
08-08-2021, 11:40 AM
It'll take years for Aruba, who needs $$$$ to do anything and then still get a refund or credit wrong.

Agree...we have submitted a Letter of Objection for the tax years of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, stating that our property assessment is wrong. For some reason, it was changed in 2018. So far, nothing has been corrected, even though the tax office verbally agreed that the amount was incorrect. They sent us notifications that the Objections have been received, but no credits. We just keep paying the calculated amount, based on the correct assessment and they keep tacking on the fees. To top it off, we have to resend the Letter of Objection for every incorrect tax year, every year, as they expire in a year, according to our management company. We'll most likely make another appointment at the tax office, next time we're on the island...whenever that is.

elephant_guy
01-13-2022, 07:22 AM
Hi schexc

Were there any developments on this from the Tax Office ?

Was any part of your objection (or the court ruling) related to the increase of charges for non residents from 0.4% to 0.6% of property value or was it solely related to the general revaluation by the government of the property and land values over the stated 'protected' 5 year period ?

Regards

Mick

schexc
01-13-2022, 11:39 AM
Hi schexc

Were there any developments on this from the Tax Office ?

Was any part of your objection (or the court ruling) related to the increase of charges for non residents from 0.4% to 0.6% of property value or was it solely related to the general revaluation by the government of the property and land values over the stated 'protected' 5 year period ?

Regards

Mick


Out Objection Letters were based on a few items.

1. The increase in accessed value. Not only did it apply within the 5 year window, but our unit was the only one that it happened to.
2. The Tax Rate itself.

I have no further updates from post #6. If we can get to the island, we will be headed to the Tax Office...again.

act1966
01-14-2022, 05:10 AM
If we can get to the island, we will be headed to the Tax Office...again.

Schexc - if you do head to the Impuesto, you apparently have to wear a collared shirt and pants now. We haven’t tried yet but I’d bring it in the car in case they insist you change.

flpctc
01-15-2022, 10:43 AM
Schexc - if you do head to the Impuesto, you apparently have to wear a collared shirt and pants now. We haven’t tried yet but I’d bring it in the car in case they insist you change.

We are going to be closing on our condo the end of Feb early March. Do we need to wear such attire to go to the closing?

act1966
01-15-2022, 12:05 PM
We are going to be closing on our condo the end of Feb early March. Do we need to wear such attire to go to the closing?
Only if it involves a visit to the tax office (Impuesto).

schexc
01-15-2022, 05:18 PM
Schexc - if you do head to the Impuesto, you apparently have to wear a collared shirt and pants now. We haven’t tried yet but I’d bring it in the car in case they insist you change.

They want to dress you up before they strip you down:rolleyes:

act1966
01-16-2022, 01:35 AM
They want to dress you up before they strip you down:rolleyes:

LOLLLLL. So. Much. Madonna.

https://youtu.be/mWtpd8mS5jw