The AFIP button was gone, but not the law

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  • I landed in Aeroparque yesterday morning and the AFIP button was gone. Provided the pole was still there, the push-button was replaced by a steel door with a locker (suggesting that the button could still be there, just hidden). Instead, a lady from AFIP next to the pole was asking individually something, which determined which bag scanning machine you had to go through.

    I didn't understand the question and said in English "I am sorry?" to which she changed faced and told me to just go. Likely, she was either asking for your nationality or where you were traveling from (this is what I was asked last yeast after putting my luggage on the scanner belt).

    So, for the first time ever I haven't been scanned when entering the country, for the mere fact of being taken for a tourist. A strategy not guaranteed to work, of course. This was a great relief for me, as my mother had given me as a gift a new smartphone which alone is worth well over the 300USD AFIP threshold, despite my plead to not do so because of the AFIP draconian rules. My mother seems unable to understand this thing and just ignores it, offering to buy me stuff while I am in Italy because "they are my gifts to you". On the last leg of my trip I was anxiously sweating over my mother's gifts, which prompted me in a very red area (I had other purchases done abroad, such as a hard disk, memories, protective screen films etc).

    Besides, the paper slip (declaración jurada) still reported 300 USD as the limit for tax-free duty free purchases, which was raised to 500 USD last year. At the AEP duty free at arrivals, there were three JVC TVs for sales, the cheaper being USD599 and the most expensive priced at 899USD.

    This 500 USD increase was officially made to align with the limits in force in other Mercosur countries, but I have been trying to corroborate this information to no avail. I would be curious to know if also other Mercosur residents/citizens are scanned and taxed for their purchases abroad.

    Anyway, I don't understand why the duty free purchases have a higher threshold and I do not understand where the 300 USD limit comes from... this is well below an average salary, especially the average salary of an Argentinian who can take vacations abroad.

    Argentina: aumenta a 500 dólares el límite de compras libres de impuestos en free shops

    La AFIP explicó que la nueva medida "apunta a equiparar la franquicia libre de impuestos con los valores vigentes en el Mercosur".

  • Good for you Serafina!

    What phone did your mum give you?

    She went overboard and bought an iPhone X (I had an iPhone 5 which was terribly slow and with a terrible battery) . This is my first brand new phone in 10 years -- I started buying used phones a lot of years ago: not worth spending all that money for the latest novelty when you can get a similar device for lot less if you just buy the second-last or third-last model. I told her it was not worth the money, but given she sees me once in a year and I am her only child, she is very generous with me (or maybe it is that at her age, she no longer needs to watch her spending ;)).

    Last night we went out for a pizza here in Palermo but I left the new phone home. I am afraid I will bee too distracted in the first days back. Of course, in Italy walking with the phone in my hand, talking on the phone on the street and taking pictures was perfectly fine. But here... it is like waving a Rolex mid air.:rolleyes:

  • It is really amazing and the Face Recognition function is really practical (it avoids to remember and enter passwords). The camera has a 2x optical zoom (plus the digital zoom, I think 10x) and you can zoom in and out while recording videos, as well. Jumping from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X was quite a leap and I am in love with it. The sound quality is excellent, the touchscreen is extremely pleasant to slide your fingers on. The only drawback I can find to this phone is that to lock the phone you have to press the right side button, but the natural position of your hand when holding the device makes you press also the left side button, which takes a screenshot immediately. I have taken tons. :S