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    Posted: 26 February 2020 at 23:29

Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.
Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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Originally posted by Mevu Philatelic Bulletin Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:

The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. They have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island.  While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in the Antarctic.  So far, three values have appeared: Rs 56, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019.  A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000).  This is for bribery tax.  In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally.  The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

 









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Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.

Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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 Philatelic Bulletin Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:

The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. The stamp design is by Lemmath Babi, the first president of Mevu, done many years ago for a postal stationery design. The stamps have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in our country.  So far, seven values have appeared: Rs 4¼, Rs 6¼, Rs 7¼, Rs 56, Rs 100, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019.  A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000).  This is for bribery tax.  In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally.  The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

 


These are believed to be the first fiscal stamps ever issued in the Antarctic. The Rs 4¼ is printed in lemon yellow, which is very hard to see, and also hard for the scanner to distinguish.  However, the finance bureaucrats of Mevu insisted on distinctive colours for each stamp, to make accounting easy.



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Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.

Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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There are 15 stamps in the fiscal set. Here is the full set:


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 7 tanos, turquoise & blue.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 42 tanos, magenta & blue.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 4¼ reis, lemon & green.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 6¼ reis, grey & green.


[size=1Mevu 2019 fiscal, 7¼ reis, fluorescent orange & green.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 12 reis, blue & red.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 17 reis, light brown & blue.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 56 reis, silver & red.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 100 reis, brown & green.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 200 reis, fluorescent green & blue.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 300 reis, yellow & red.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 500 reis, gold & red.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 2,000 reis, green & red.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 15,000 reis, red & blue.


Mevu 2019 fiscal, 1,000,000 reis, purple & red.

Originally posted by Mevu Philatelic Bulletin Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:

The Mevu Ministry of Finance will issue a new series of fifteen revenue stamps to collect taxation,
announced the President, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country, showing a penguin. They have been printed
in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA,
Minaue, Waikoa Island. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for
mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in the Antarctic.

The same tax rates apply in our colony, Waikoa Island, so they will also have a similar set
of fifteen stamps, though in a different design and colour scheme.

Date of issue is 22nd October 2019.  These are for the main taxation rates in the country:


7 tanos, Turquoise & blue . . .    Email tax. (Must be affixed to every email that is printed out for whatever reason.)

42 tanos, Magenta & blue . . .    Medical tax. (Must be affixed to every medical prescription to be filled.)

Rs 4.25, Lemon & green . . .    Entertainment tax. (Must be affixed to every cinema and stadium ticket.)

Rs 6.25, Grey & green . . .    Bicycle tax. (Must be affixed to every annual bicycle permit.)

Rs 7.25, Orange & green . . .    Marijuana tax. (Must be affixed to every half-ounce bag of cannabis sold.)

Rs 12, Blue & red . . .        Small boat tax. (Must be affixed to every boat annual licence, for boat 10m and smaller.)

Rs 17, Light brown & blue . . .    Dog tax. (Must be affixed to every annual dog licence.)

Rs 56, Silver & red . . .        Wedding tax. (Must be affixed to every marriage license.)

Rs 100, Brown & green . . .    Departure tax. (Must be affixed to every travel ticket by person leaving the country.)

Rs 200, Green & blue . . .    Large boat tax. (Must be affixed to every boat annual licence, for boat 11m and larger.)

Rs 300, Yellow & red . . .    Land transfer tax. (Land half-hectare or smaller.)

Rs 500, Gold & red . . .        Company registration tax.

Rs 2,000, Green & red . . .    Land transfer tax. (Land greater than half-hectare up to 2 ha.)

Rs 15,000, Red & blue . . .    Land transfer tax. (Land greater than 2.1 hectare.)

Rs 1,000,000, Purple & red . . .    Bribery tax. (Must be affixed to every agreement to bribe.)





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Mevu 2020 cover to UK with 2,000 reis fiscal stamp, used to cover the special chartered aeroplane flight (with normal passenger flights cancelled, and vital to get a supply of stamps there to be the "free gift" in an upcoming "Cinderella Philatelist".)

Not often one sees the high value fiscals used on cover.  But this one looks good, and hopefully the free gift arrives in time.
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Just heard from an acquaintance in UK that the preceding letter sent to him from Mevu during the lockdown, reached him on 25th June.  Posted at Mevu on 20th May, so a little over one month journey.

Perhaps the 2,100 reis (= US$2,100) "private aircraft charter fee" (paid with fiscal stamps) helped to speed it on the journey.  But I suspect the pilot detoured to Rio or Havana, possibly to indulge in some gambling, rather than a direct flight.



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