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Definition: Payments by households to obtain certain licences


Payments by persons or households for licences to own or use vehicles, boats or aircraft and for licences for recreational hunting, shooting or fishing are treated as current taxes.

Payments for all other kinds of licences (for example, driving or pilot’s licences, television or radio licences, firearm licences, etc.) or fees to government (for example, payments for passports, airport fees, court fees, etc.) are treated as purchases of services rendered by governments. 

This definition is used both in SNA 1993 (§ 8.54) and in SNA 2008 (§ 8.64). United Nations, System of National Accounts (SNA) 1993, United Nations, New York, 1993
European Commission (Eurostat), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (Statistics Division), World Bank, "System of National Accounts 2008", United Nations, New York, 2009