Government collects over USD 3.4 million in Green Tax in November

Ministry of Finance has revealed the state collected over USD 3.4 million in Green Tax in November 2019.

Statistics publicised by Ministry of Finance indicates Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) collected USD 3.438 million in November. The largest share of the tax, over USD 3.1 million, was collected from resorts while hotels and guesthouses paid over USD 84,000 and USD 116,000 respectively. Meanwhile, liveaboards paid over USD 97,000 in Green Tax.

Tourist facilities in Male' Atoll contributed to the highest tax amount with a total of USD 1.34 million collected from facilities in Kaafu Atoll. The second highest contributions came from Alifu Alifu Atoll, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll and Dhaalu Atoll with each paying over USD 250,000. Meemu Atoll recorded the lowest in Green Tax revenues with only USD 122.31, while tourist facilities in Male' City paid USD 71,336 in Green Tax.

All tourist facilities are required to collect Green Tax from tourists visiting the Maldives. While tourist resorts collect USD 6 per guest per day, guest houses are required to collect USD 3. Revenue generated by Green Tax will only be spent on environmental and sustainable development projects.