This would give me my options of how to solve the problem. Usually there were an array of options from quick to terribly impossible. I tended to go in the middle as to make sure I mostly followed the law in case someone asked later.
This was true even for starting a business. Just start the business, if you put up a sign you pay some local tax. If you didn’t put up a sign you didn’t. If your business grows big enough you then should register the business. Some of this still exists today but the new laws are closing a lot of these gaps so that business is clear and open. I mean, when I arrived in Myanmar 80% of business in the country of black (off the books).
Now with the reforms of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Tax office and DICA, people are paying taxes. Money is going from black to white so that people can get loans from the banks and people can do partnerships with international companies.
Today Myanmar is slightly different. There are still multiple ways to do things but those things are done within the parameters of the law within relationships. When entering Myanmar, you’ll need good relationships to get things done so you know what the laws are, and how you should follow them.