TAAN Delegation meets with new Finance Minister

22nd Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 22: A delegation from the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal met with the newly appointed Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada on 20 March.

TAAN President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal congratulated the minister on his new responsibility and handed over a 4 point memorandum. President Dahal raised problems that trekking entrepreneurs faced while filing tax details. He briefed the Minister about the hassles faced by trekking businesses due to expensive 13% VAT charges which is higher that in India and Bhutan, and requested 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. He said, “Hotels, lodges and home stay operators do not give tax invoice to trekking agents. 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 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.