More payment methods to be available for govt fees

Friday, August 1, 2008
Issue 422, Page 3
Word count: 219
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Government fees will be able to be settled by other means such as credit cards and bank transfers apart from cash starting this month.

The Executive Council announced yesterday at the government headquarters that the types of payment methods accepted by government departments will be increased after the revision is published in the Office Gazette, which is usually within the next two week.

According to president of the Executive Council Tong Chi Kin, the move is to “facilitate” the public in paying government fees or taxes.

After the revised administrative regulation is in effect, government departments can offer more choices of payment methods to the public which will be cash, cashier’s cheques, cheques, debit cards, credit cards or bank transfers.

Mr Tong said every payment must be made in full by either one of the payment methods and in local currency.

However, the president pointed out that purchasing stamp duty, paying outstanding taxes and other kinds of fees with administrative charges as well as when the amount is 50,000 patacas or above, payments must have to be made by cashier’s cheques.

In addition, the revised administrative regulation will allow the Finance Services Bureau to enter into an agreement with local banks in a bid to unify the procedures of such kind of payments and the amount of service charges.

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