Taxed on Return

by Nathan Hamm on 1/2/2006 · 5 comments

A reader in the UK emailed to ask whether or not I have heard about Uzbeks being taxed upon returning to Tashkent based on how long they have been out of the country. The reader said that two students going home for New Year’s had to pay $200 for every month they had been out of the country and were told that the penalty could be avoided by registering with an Uzbek embassy abroad.

So, which is it? Has the Uzbek government quietly extended OVIR’s mandate to include controlling the movement of Uzbek citizens regardless of where they are in the world? Or have the employees of Tashkent International come up with a new money-making scheme?

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Jonathan P January 2, 2006 at 9:51 pm

My wife (an Uzbek citizen but an ethnic Russian) just returned from Uzbekistan. She arrived in Tashkent in September and had no problems getting in. She had no problems leaving in mid-December either.

She tried once in 2002 to “register” by phone with the Embassy here in the US and was rebuffed by the embassy worker. So, take that for whatever its worth.

David Walther January 2, 2006 at 10:58 pm

This sounds to me like a bribe, and a pretty exhorbidant one at that. Why doesn’t one of us contact the embassy and ask them to confirm or deny?

brejen January 2, 2006 at 11:22 pm

that is bullshit! i hope it is, or i’m never going back home!

chelsea January 3, 2006 at 9:24 am

hi Nathan,

I work for the radio show Open Source. We’re collaborating with Global Voices on a radio project that will feature bloggers across the globe. when you have a moment could you please email me so that we can continue this conversation?

Many thanks, C

Tim Newman January 3, 2006 at 9:55 am

This will send shockwaves through Dubai if true.

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