DIMP, no more cash payments

Happy New Year

They warned us in November and finally a few days ago they announced that the tax department will no longer be accepting cash payments. Effective yesterday, you may only pay by debit card, with one exception at the Camacuri office, if you are 60+, and not a business person.

Ok, little people got a break. The rest have to hurry up and attempt to open bank accounts, which is a painful, long process in Aruba.

The move is openly designed to take cash off the street, and make cash in general, obsolete. The more we can use cash, the more we can hide its existence from the government, so naturally, GOA would be pushing toward debit cards, as the easiest way to make a payment.

I have no problem with that. Except, the bank charges. Those are around Awg 2, every time I swipe the card. Which is totally excessive.

Some banks even play with conversion rates, and what you find on your statement, deducted from your bank account is a few cents higher, than what you agreed to pay at the time of purchase.

Bank charges on this island are excessive.

Are the banks kicking back some of this income to DIMP, now that plastic is the only game in town?    

And DIMP’s recently introduced a dress code, I searched their website and found nothing, but I know for a fact that they have placed an embargo, a ban, on open toe shoes and Bermuda shorts.

In their favor, I have to say that they have created BOI, a consumer friendly website that is easy to use. I suffer every time I pay the overwhelming monthly levies, but at least the process is easy, I can handle everything about it EXCEPT the frequent, annoying, compulsory password changes. Enough. Let me decide the frequency.

Last year, for reasons I will never understand, I paid my motorrijtuigbelasting DOUBLE, just like that on January 14th, 2020, out of my own free will. I have written to [email protected] about it, a number of times, but they are slow to answer, or perhaps will never answer. Can I credit it to 2021, or shall I just consider the overpayment a donation to my embattled country in tough times!?

As consumers, we never get the service we deserve.

May 2021 be the year in which things change.

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January 02, 2021
Rona Coster