In November 2010, according to information from Banco de Guatemala, the loan portfolio was $ 1,450 million, 17.4% lower than the $ 1,751 million reported at year-end in 2009.
Flavio Montenegro, general manager of G&T Continental Bank, told Elperiodico.com.gt, "There are two factors which explain the behavior of off shore banks over the past year. The first relates to the exchange rate variation which reduces Dollar amounts after conversion to Quetzales ... The second factor was that during 2010 there was an excess in Dollar liquidity due to slower economic growth".
Congress is analyzing a 15% tax on offshore banks and 5.5% for banks domiciled in the country with presence abroad.
The Costa Rican Congress is considering three options for taxing offshore banking in a bill to reform the development banking system. "One proposal is for a tax of 5.5%, another is to exempt from taxes these type of banks and a third is a gradual tax", reported Nacion.com.
The reform under public consultation includes tax on remittances sent abroad, on the payment or crediting of interest, commissions and other financial expenses by natural or legal persons domiciled in Costa Rica.
From the order by the Ministry of Finance published in La Gaceta: