The Executive Yuan is expected to open registrations for a new round of "quintuple" stimulus vouchers in late September. The vouchers will expire on Apr. 30, 2022. In addition, various government agencies will distribute around 13 million themed vouchers as well.
According to the National Development Council, the "quintuple" stimulus vouchers will strengthen digital efforts and help small businesses. Citizens can start registering for vouchers in late September. Vouchers can be used between early October and Apr. 30, 2022.
Luo Ping-cheng, Executive Yuan Spokesperson:”To make digital vouchers more convenient, we have expanded online payment tools. Users will be able to tie their vouchers to their credit card, digital wallet, EasyCards, or iPass. In addition, we have designed identification badges to help stores identify quintuple vouchers so that consumers can get the same benefits as people using paper vouchers.”
In addition, various government agencies will distribute their themed vouchers, including cultural, domestic travel, and indigenous vouchers.During a press conference on Aug. 26, pan-green lawmaker Chung Chia-pin called on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and other agencies to incorporate small businesses into the digital payment ranks.
Chung Chia-pin, Legislator (DPP):” Find a way to let small businesses be able to reel in digital payment consumers. Government, will you do this or not?”
Chen Mi-shun, Deputy Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration:” (In the past), the government subsidized NT$1 for every NT$1 from businesses. Now, we are shelling out NT$4 for every NT$1. That's a ratio of 1 to 4. We are also offering subsidies of up to NT$30,000.”
Chiu Chen-yuan, Legislator (TPP):” With wealth exclusion, the NT$1 billion-plus of administrative costs (the Tsai administration spent on the voucher program) equates to NT$5,000 cash per citizen. Again, the amount of money the government spent on the voucher program could have been used for cash distributions to over 230,000 people.”
The Taiwan People's Party caucus reissued its calls for cash distributions instead of vouchers, saying businesses will remain closed as long as epidemic restrictions remain in place and they won't be able to benefit from the voucher program.
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民眾黨立委 邱臣遠：「這10幾億的行政費用 ，如果以整個政府的補助，每人5千元來算的話，拿去排富發現金，在這些光是行政費用就可以發超過23萬的民眾。」