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Business Licence (Amendment) Act 2010

REPUBLIC OF VANUATU


BUSINESS LICENCE (AMENDMENT) ACT
NO. 34 OF 2010


Arrangement of Sections


1 Amendment
2 Commencement


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Assent: 17/01/2011
Commencement: 19/01/2011


BUSINESS LICENCE (AMENDMENT) ACT
NO. 34 OF 2010


An Act to amend the Business Licence Act [CAP 249].


Be it enacted by the President and Parliament as follows-


1 Amendment


The Business Licence Act [CAP 249] is amended as set out in the Schedule.


2 Commencement


This Act commences on the day on which it is published in the Gazette.


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SCHEDULE


AMENDMENTS OF THE BUSINESS LICENCE
ACT
[CAP 249]


1 Subsection 2(1)


Repeal the subsection, substitute


“(1) A person must not carry on a business without a licence issued under this Act, unless:


(a) the person is exempted from business licence under Schedule 2; or


(b) the annual turnover of the business activity the person is carrying on, is less than VT 4 million.”


2 After subsection 2(1)


Insert


“(1A) A person who is carrying on a taxable activity within the meaning of section 4 of the Value Added Tax Act [CAP 247] and who is registered under section 12 of that Act must not carry on the taxable activity unless the person has been issued with a business licence under this Act to do so.”


3 Subsection 2(2)


Delete “Schedule 2” substitute, “subsection (1)”


4 After section 2


Insert


“2A Business Operation Certificate


(1) A person who is:


(a) exempted under subsection 2(1) from being issued with a business licence under this Act; or


(b) carrying on a business activity and who is not registered under section 12 of the Value Added Tax Act [CAP 247],


must be registered and issued with a business operations certificate in accordance with subsection (2).


(2) For the purposes of subsection (1):


(a) if the business activity is carried on in a Local Government Region – by the relevant Local Government Council; or


(b) if the business activity is carried on in a Municipal Boundary – by the Director.”


5 Schedule 1


(a) Delete “plus for each non-citizen principal or partner engaged in the business, 100,000” (wherever occurring).


(b) Delete “20,000 for gross turnover of less than 10 million;” (wherever occurring), substitute “20,000 for gross turnover of 4 million or more but less than 10 million;”


6 Schedule 1, Category B, clause 3


Delete “(A category D1 Import Licence is required for all such imports plus a D3 licence is required for direct resale)”


7 Schedule 1, Category B, clause 4


Delete “D3” substitute, “D2”


8 Schedule 1, Category C, clause 2


Delete “(A category D1 Import Licence is required for all such imports plus a D2 licence is required for direct resale)”


9 Schedule 1, Category C, clause 3


Delete “D1 and D2 licences” substitute “a D2 licence”


10 Schedule 1, Category D1 (heading)


Repeal the heading substitute, “Importation and Re-export”


11 Schedule 1, Category D1 (i), (ii), (iii) and D2 (i), (ii) and (iii) –under the heading “REMARKS”


Repeal the subparagraphs.


12 Schedule 1 Category D1 and D2 -under the heading “REMARKS”


Insert


“D1. A category D1 license is required for businesses that import merchandise with the intention of re-exporting the goods without substantially transforming them. Transformation means creating a new and different good that is distinct from the raw materials used to create it.


D2. A category D2 license is required for businesses which sell wholesale or retail merchandise of every description including butchers, but excluding open-air vendors and mobile shops. It covers the direct importing of goods for re-sale within the country.”


13 Schedule 1, Category D1


Delete “10,000” substitute, “20,000 for gross turnover of 4 million or more but less than 10 million;


50,000 for gross turnover of 10 million to less than 20 million;

100,000 for gross turnover of 20 million to less than 50 million;

250,000 for gross turnover of 50 million to less than 100 million;

500,000 for gross turnover of 100 million to less than 200 million;

1,000,000 for gross turnover of 200 million or more.”


14 Schedule 1 – CLASS D, Category D5


Delete “5,000 for gross turnover of less than 10 million;” substitute “20,000 for gross turnover of 4 million or more but less than 10 million;”



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