This is a brief of the Guideline for Restarting Tourism in Maldives, published by the Ministry of Tourism, in consultation with health professionals and industry stakeholders. It outlines the measures that need to be followed to ensure the safety of tourists and residents.
The Ministry of Finance, on 28 June 2020, issued a Circular with details in implementing the deferment of land lease announced by the President during his public address on 20 May 2020. As per the Circular, resort land rent payments for the third and fourth quarter of 2020 has been deferred until 1 June 2021. Land rent payments other than resort land rent, that fall within the period 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020 has also been deferred until 1 June 2021.
Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (‘MIRA’) on 26 June 2020, published the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the Goods and Services Tax Regulation. The Amendment introduces several notable changes to the GST Regulation, including a definition for the term ‘charter’ of a vessel and special rules for determining charter arrangements.
The Ministry of Tourism, on 23 June 2020, published the Guideline for Restarting Tourism in Maldives which specifies the minimum standards to be met by registered tourist facilities by the tentative opening dates scheduled for July 2020.
In the case of Moosa Nasser v MIRA (2014/SC-A/41), the Supreme Court of Maldives on 22 June 2020, unanimously decided against the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority and held that MIRA does not have the legal authority to sue for lease rent due to the state.
Income Tax Act has special rules on calculation of interim payment where a taxpayer estimates the tax liability of this year to be lower than that of the previous year. This article explains how these rules can be applied in practice.