Consultation on Tax Reform in Costa Rica

The Finance Minister began talks with political groups trying to identify a project with as much support as possible prior to presentation.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


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Fernando Herrero, minister of finance, stated to Aaron Sequeira of Prensalibre.cr that the basics of the first draft of the proposed tax reform is progressiveness and simplicity, with the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Income Tax as the main sources of revenue.

The minister points out that in order to reduce tax evasion, the new system should be as simple as possible.

Consultations with other political players "began this week with talks on Monday with the Libertarian party, lead by party leader, Otto Guevara."

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March 2012

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