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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Until now, the government had announced that the surcharge would be 20 percent. "The tax to be charged on purchases abroad is 30 percent, not 20 percent. There is a logic of solidarity and contribution," he said.

This includes the purchase of airfares in that currency and payment for services such as Netflix.

The official remarked that Argentines' purchases abroad "are paid with dollars from the Central Bank" and said that "taking good care" of the reserves is essential.

In addition to protecting the Central Bank's reserves, the Rosada House (office of the President) is . . .

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