By the end of August, 15 million tourist arrivals were recorded, and in accordance with the record season, the control was strengthened, so that this year a record number of violators was recorded.The caterers were visited by the tourist inspection and inspectors of the tax administration, and about a thousand of them violated some of the regulations, the fiscalization supervision showed, while in the three summer months, more than 400.000 kuna in fines were issued.The target group, according to tax inspectors, were untidy taxpayers who did not record the entire turnover, did not issue an invoice or, for example, misspelled it.However, the results of the supervision of the tourist inspection are not commendable either. From the beginning of the year to August, more than 7.000 inspections were performed. More than 2.000 violations of regulations were found in them, and 1.910 fines were collected at the place where the violation was committed.According to the HOK, the inspection punishes registered business entities more drastically than those who work illegally. Certainly, the whole market needs to be regulated a lot, ie much better control is needed, and how the tourist inspection and tax administration inspectors need to be much better activated because it is the black market that is stifling entrepreneurship. In addition to not collecting taxes and all other taxes, we bring to a non-competitive position in the market all those who pay taxes, issue invoices and run their business legally.And especially the fact that various inspections more often visit catering facilities on the continent than on the coast. Insane and unfair, especially when we know that facilities at sea generate the most traffic in three months, and a good majority of them don’t even work out of season.We know everything, but again it is up to us whether we want to organize the market or not.Source: HRT
DDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.
Next year the Vatican Museums will be holding an Andy Warhol exhibition. While this sounds surreal, it actually shines a light on a lesser-documented side of the artist’s character. Namely his religious conviction. Though he’s associated with the Pop Art movement and its excesses, the driving force behind Warhol was the Catholic Church, specifically the Ruthenians. Andrew Warhola was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, but his family was from what’s now known as northeast Slovakia.Portrait of the American artist Andy Warhol at his exhibition dedicated to Black transvestites in the US. Ferrara, November 1975.Earlier this year, when covering news about the exhibition, the Catholic Herald described Ruthenians as “members of a small Byzantine Catholic Church that grew out of Cyril and Methodius’s mission to the Carpathian Mountains.” Saints Cyril and Methodius were missionaries whose arrival had an enormous influence on Slavic faith and culture.Vatican museum.As a result of this upbringing, the metropolitan Warhol would regularly attend Mass and work with the homeless when he wasn’t daubing on a canvas. He and his mother “would pray together in Old Slavonic before he left for the Factory. He always carried a rosary and a small missal in his pocket”.Andy Warhol, between 1966 and 1977. Photo by Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0As far as the Vatican Museums are concerned, it’s a marriage made in heaven. Quite literally. Director Barbara Jatta is quoted in The Art Newspaper as saying, “We are very interested in exploring the artist’s spiritual side… It is very, very important for us to have a dialogue with contemporary art. We live in a world of images and the Church must be part of this conversation.”The Vatican is joining forces with the Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown city for a celebration that will happen in both Rome and Pittsburgh. 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the latter’s tourist attraction.The Andy Warhol MuseumThe paper goes into detail about the Italian side of the enterprise, painting a vivid picture of “memento mori canvases such as silkscreens of skulls, as well as films and archival materials. In Rome, it will take place in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, a 1,000 sq. m display space in St Peter’s Square designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.”Warhol portraits set for up £22 million at auctionArt inspired by religion can certainly be amongst the most beautiful in the world. However, Warhol’s depictions of brand names and garish celebrity portraits seem at odds with the principles that guided him behind the public image. Despite this outward appearance religion played a key role in his work.Andy Warhol – “Last Supper,” 1986. Photo by JasonParis / Flickr CC By 2.0The Catholic Herald draws attention to Warhol’s preoccupation with one of the most famous religious paintings of all time, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.He “became obsessed… He produced hundreds of variations on this theme, many of them with colorful brand logos – Dove Soap, General Electric – stamped on top of a black-and-white stencil of the masterpiece. The ordinary overwhelms the extraordinary. The implication is that our appetites distract us from the vision of Christ.”Andy Warhol tombstone, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Bethel Park, PA.Though Warhol died in 1987 and was distant in interviews, it’s safe to assume he would find the Vatican exhibition a great honor. He met Pope John Paul II in 1980 and his strict devotion even led him to controversially repress his homosexuality. Warhol didn’t hide being gay but failed to support efforts to normalize it.Read another story from us: A radical feminist shot Andy Warhol claiming that “he controlled her life”The Herald reports on how he toned down his trademark look for the handshake with the Pontiff, how he “wore his tamest wig and his plainest tie as a gesture of respect to the Holy Father.” They believe this shows the artist in his truest light: “For once, he looks like a person, not a symbol or a caricature. The Vatican Museums exhibition will be something of a homecoming.”It no doubts will be, but eyebrows will be raised around the world that a symbol of the swinging Sixties was underpinned by reverence for the Catholic tradition.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.