Important Reminders for FHTA Members (Updated 29.05.21)


REMINDERS

NEW PROTOCOLS FOR BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Members are advised that there are new protocols in place for Business Operations. Currently, this only extends to essential services and essential support businesses.
Please sight the Non-Negotiable Protocols and ensure this is strictly adhered to as failure to comply will result in the closing of your business for the duration of the period of restricted movement.
For tourism operators, you are required to be Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) approved to be operational. If your property hasn’t completed the CFC Programme, send a request mail to Tourism Fiji on cfc@tourismfiji.com.fj and they will furnish you with the necessary documents to be completed.
For any further queries and/or clarification on Essential Business Operations and Movement, you may call 163.

EXTENSION OF VALIDITY FOR LTA PERMITS AND LICENSES
The government has gazetted the Land Transport (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2021 which seeks to extend the validity of any permit, license, certificate or registration that expires or is due for renewal on or after 14 May 2021 but before 14 August 2021.

EXTENSION FOR LODGMENT OF TAX RETURNS
FRCS wish to advise all taxpayers and tax agents, who are affected by the COVID-19 movement restrictions, lockdown and containment zones that the timeline for lodgment of tax returns that are due for lodgment during the months of April to December 31st 2021 is further extended to be filed by 31st December 2021. Accordingly, all late lodgment penalties will be waived. Please note the waiver for this penalty can be applied for through the Taxpayer Online Services. Should you require any assistance on this, please email tpos@frcs.org.fj.


FHTA REMUNERATION SURVEY
To FHTA members who may have been contacted by KPMG with regard to participating in the FHTA Remuneration Survey, we wish to remind you that the data received through this survey will be used to provide a benchmark for tourism industry to assist members in determining their own remuneration rates.
Contact info@fhta.com.fj if you have not received the survey information and wish to do so OR if you do not wish to participate in the survey or require some assistance in completing the survey.



LTA eSERVICES DURING PERIOD OF RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
The Land Transport Authority responded to FHTA’s request for customer updates during this time and they advised that while their branches are open, they are discouraging personal visits except in cases of real urgency.

You must register with their eServices or via the LTA app, which will allow for reminders for the expiry of licenses or roadworthiness. This should give you adequate time to ensure compliance with LTA’s mandated regulations.


LIMITED MSAF SERVICES DURING PERIOD OF RESTRICTED MOVEMENT
The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji will be providing limited services for the whole of Fiji, for the duration of restricted movement. They have released a list of contact people for specific concerns or you can email info@msaf.com.fj for general enquiries.

FHTA wishes to remind members of the current restrictions on maritime passenger and cargo movement as indicated in MSAF’s Marine Notice 22/2021.
You can subscribe to the MSAF website to get contactless automatic updates into your email.


MSAF STCW REGULATED FEES LIST
The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has included the regulated fees list for their Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping


STREAMLINING OF FRCS CUSTOMER SERVICES – TAXPAYER ONLINE SERVICES
The Fiji Revenue & Customs Services (FRCS) released a public notice advising the general public that in an effort to streamline their services and timely responses to online queries, they have introduced the following:
1 – All issues/queries/complaints related to the TPOS can now be emailed directly to the following email address: tpos@frcs.org.fj
2 – All issues/queries/complaints related to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) emailed to payefinal@frcs.org.fj will now be coordinated through tpos@frcs.org.fj
3 – All taxpayers and tax agents are assured that all their issues/queries/complaints sent to this email address will be acknowledged as soon as it is received
4 – Customers making general enquiries related to tax and customs matters can continue to send their queries to email address info@frcs.org.fj or call 324 3000 or 1326 (hotline)


REMINDER ON TLTB RENT ASSESSMENT UPDATE FOR TOURISM LEASES

Further to FHTA’s ongoing discussions with the ITaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) on the current economic situation for tourism businesses due to border closures, we provide the following outcomes kindly agreed to by TLTB:

The rent reassessment of tourism leases due for 2021 and 2022 will be deferred. We understand 2020 reassessment have already been released and many of these have been agreed to and paid for. Members who are unable to pay must contact TLTB immediately to agree to and sign a formal arrangement.

1 – Interest on rent from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022 will be waived until further notice.
2 – Tenants who are able to pay the applicable rents based on gross receipts must continue to do so
3 – Tenants unable to pay gross receipts in 2021 will pay 80% of the minimum rent in 2021 and 50% in 2022.
4 – All tenants will be required to sign a formal undertaking with TLTB, including agreements for payment schedules where selected.
5 – Applicable penalties for development lease breaches will be waived
6 – There is no waiver on the benefits to landowners such as education and community developments and these must be paid per your agreements.

The above measures have been kindly agreed to by TLTB to assist tourism operators during these challenging times. Where full payments are possible, these should be made in good faith as the TLTB is a Trustee for the Landowners and has a duty to ensure that the Landowners receive their fair dues.

Please contact your TLTB Account Manager to formalise arrangements.


HOTEL LICENSE RENEWAL
The HLB cannot waive the hotel license renewal fee as this would require a change to the Regulations that govern them with the amendment formally gazetted.
However, for properties that are currently closed and have been or will remain closed for a significant period of time, you may contact the HLB in writing informing them that you are currently closed and the date on which you ceased operations. The HLB, in turn, will effectively close your file and will not follow up on renewal.
Once you are ready to begin operations again, you may reapply for a hotel license and go through the process again where you will be required to obtain the 4 authorities reports. (Police, Fire, Health and District Officer/PA).

Please address all written correspondence to:
Mereoni Kalokalodrau (Ms.)
Secretary, Hotel Licensing Board 
P.O. Box 2213 Government Buildings, Suva
Government of Fiji
or via email to mereoni.kalokalodrau@ag.gov.fj


EXTENSION OF TIME FOR DIGITAL REREGISTRATION ON COMPANIES AND BUSINESS NAMES
Please note that the final date for the digital reregistration of companies and business names has been extended to 31 July 2021. The Regulations for the extension of time were gazetted on 19 March 2021.

You are encouraged to reregister as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already.
– Companies (including foreign companies) and business names registered under the Companies Act 2015 on or after 14 June 2019 are not required to apply for registration.
– Only business names need to be renewed periodically, one year following reregistration. The period of renewal can be for one year, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years or 10 years.
– Online applications of all digital registrations (companies, foreign companies and business names) must be filed with the Registrar of Companies by 31 July 2021.
– Companies (including foreign companies) that fail to re-register by the due date will be deemed deregistered /struck off the register of foreign companies as the case may be. The assets and liabilities of the de-registered company will become the property of the Registrar of Companies.
– Business names that fail to be re-registered by the due date (or extended due date) will be deemed to be struck off. Business name owners who continue to use this name will be in breach of the business name use.

Lists of all companies, foreign companies and business name holders that have applied and are yet to apply for digital reregistration with the Registrar of Companies are available on the Ministry of Justice website – www.justice.gov.fj



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