16 September 2016

Come to a discussion on the draft VAT law

The Ministry of Finance recently held a public consultation on the draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) law. However, the short consultation didn’t allow enough space for the public to analyse the law and contribute their perspectives, so La’o Hamutuk is holding a public meeting to share information and allow people to raise questions and concerns about the law and its impact on the people and economy of Timor-Leste.

La’o Hamutuk will present an analysis of the Draft Law, and we have invited representatives from the Ministry of Finance and UN Women to share their perspectives. Participants will also be able to express their ideas, which we hope will help improve the tax reform process before the law is approved by the Council of Ministers and sent to Parliament for debate and enactment.

Please join La’o Hamutuk in a free, public meeting at:
Venue : HAK Association, Farol, Dili
Date    : Thursday, 22 September 2016
Time   : 9am - noon
We hope that your participation will bring constructive ideas which can help to ensure that the draft VAT law reflects the interests and concerns of all of Timor-Leste’s people.

8:30    Registration
9:10    Introduction
9:15    Juvinal Dias, La’o Hamutuk Researcher
         The VAT Law should not prevent poor people from accessing the economy
9:30    Camille Wauters, Programme Specialist, UN Women
         Impacts of the VAT Law: a gender perspective
9:45    Fernanda Borges, Coordinator of the Fiscal Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance
         Advantages of the VAT Law for Timor-Leste
10:00  Q&A
12:00  Close and snack

Click here for more information on Timor-Leste's 2016 tax reform process.

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