US Jews to Lapid: Reconsider VAT on tourists

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May 12, 2013 01:11

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Tourism Minister Uzi Landau a letter on Friday protesting the imposition of valueadded tax on foreign tourists.

According to Conference of Presidents’ heads Richard Stone and Malcolm Hoenlein, “the addition of the VAT would add significantly to the cost for tourists and will, we fear, cause many to reconsider, postpone, or even cancel trips to Israel. In addition, it will negatively impact important programs like America’s Voices in Israel, Taglit-Birthright, missions and conferences.”


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