March 20 , 2018
A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) met with newly appointed Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada on 20th March, 2018.
The delegation led by the President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal congratulated him on his new responsibility and handed over 4 point memorandum to the Minister.
Speaking at the meeting, President Dahal raised problems that trekking entrepreneurs faced while filing tax details. He appraised the Minister about the hassles faced by trekking business due to expensive 13% VAT charges which is comparatively more expensive that those charged in India and Bhutan and lobbied the Minister to reduce the acceptable VAT percent for tourism industry.
President Dahal further asked Minister Khatiwada to formulate policies to end the VAT charges against the use of mule and yak services. Speaking at the meeting, Dahal said “Hotels, lodges and home stay operators do not give tax invoice to trekking agent. Therefore, they are facing difficulties in showing their expenditures.”
Likewise, Jeeban Thapa Magar, 1st Vice President highlighted the need for implementing online payment system that will make reservations more easy.
Minister Khatiwada assured to discuss the topic and formulate the policies accordingly. He said that government will discuss about issuing PAN number in rural areas.
The delegation was hopeful that the concerned government will take the issues seriously.
The delegation included President Dahal, Senior Vice President Khum Bahadur Subedi, 1st Vice President Jeeban Thapa Magar, General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina, Executive Members Ram Bahadur Khadka, Gopal Shrestha, Baburam Gurung, Jeevan Lama, Ritu Gyamdan and C.E.O Tek Bahadur Mahat, Media Officer Subina Manandhar and Photographer Pemba Sherpa.