First Time in Nepal: King, Crown Prince Pay Tax

News of the week: King Gyanendra and his son Paras are stopped from evading tax for the first time in history.

By Bishnu Budhathoki
the Kathmandu Post (here is the original story)

Dec 8- Probably for the first time in the history of Nepal since the founding of the Shah dynasty 238 years ago the King and Crown Prince have been made to pay tax. The Customs Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Wednesday (8 Dec) charged Rs 53,739 as duty and tax on 50 pieces of torch light that came recently from the US in the name of King Gyanendra. The office also charged Rs 77,193 in customs duty, demurrage charge, tax and fine earlier when royal palace officials reached TIA to acquire a ‘Hunting Trophy’ that came from Vienna, Austria, for Crown Prince Paras, an official said, preferring anonymity. “We released the torch lights and the Hunting Trophy after slapping Rs 130,702 in customs duty and other charges,” the official said. The 19 kg parcel containing 50 pieces of black rechargeable torch light had arrived at the airport Customs Office from the US in the name of “the King of Nepal” through courier service recently. The Hunting Trophy had arrived on September 10. Continue reading First Time in Nepal: King, Crown Prince Pay Tax