El Salvador tax amnesty expected to yield $25 million

In an effort to increase tax collections, El Salvador's Finance Department has offered tax amnesty to past evaders in hopes that they will pay up in the future. The government hopes to collect an additional 25 million dollars with this strategy.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Finance Minister William Handal said the measure will be published in the Official Gazette this week and will take effect at once.
"There is money that people have not paid and things gradually get more complicated," he said. "This will allow people to get a fresh start."
He said that although the government has recovered 30 million dollars from contributors in arrears, there are still 80 million dollars outstanding, if interest and fines are included.

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Tax Amnesty in El Salvador

June 2009

The Treasury Department is considering a one-time-only tax amnesty extension.

Treasury Minister Carlos Cáceres noted that, as the new terms expire, an efficient system of applying fines on the interest of debtors will be implemented.

Laprensagrafica.com published statements by Minister Cáceres: "... A restructuring of the Tax Code is being requested so that a more appropriate collection period can be established."

Tax Amnesty Proposed in Panama

July 2009

The law proposal allows debt covenants of up to six months to pay taxes owed.

Tax debtors choosing to use this plan will have to pay at least 30% of their total tax debt.

From the La Estrella website: "The law proposal is presented by the Economy and Finance Minister, Alberto Vallarino ... it aims to reduce late payments, which now stand at $1.1 billion."

Tax Regularization in Panama

September 2013

The National Revenue Authority plans to raise $400 million from taxpayers who will be allowed to regularize their tax status under the Tax Adjustment Act.

Prensa.com reports that "In addition to the so-called regularization or tax amnesty, the law establishes a moratorium for taxpayers who are delinquent in any taxes administered by the Anip.

Tax Amnesty Announcement in Guatemala Denied

April 2016

The Superintendent of Tax Administration has contradicted the announcement made by the finance minister and ruled out a possible tax amnesty in the short term.

The highest tax authorities in Guatemala are contradicting each other. Although the minister of Finance, Julio Héctor Estrada, announced a possible tax amnesty for the second half of this year, Juan Francisco Solórzano Foppa, head of the Tax Authority (SAT) said in remarks published by Elperiodico.com.gt that "there will not be a tax amnesty".

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