SMEs exempted from audited financial statements

The measure that forced the submission of audited financial statements for the payment of income tax was limited to big enterprises.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Guatemalan Congress approved Decree number 14-2009 which limited the types of companies that must file audited financial reports.
According to this new provision, small and medium sized businesses are not required to audit their reports, while special contributors and those inscribed under the in-bond industry, export activity and free zone schemes will have to do so.

The article in sigloxxi.com also reported that the Constitutional Court "temporarily suspended the audits, but it did order the financial statements to be presented no later than March 31."



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Ernesto Morales Pinzón, the center's manager, said, "The center will allow participants to spend the day dealing with real world themes, so that they can do a better job of managing their own businesses in an marketplace of increasing competitiveness."

Guatemala: Demand for industrial products drop

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The level of consumption in the sector has fallen between 15 and 25%, as a result of the decrease in exports and a smaller local demand.

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Central America receives 80% of the exports by small and medium businesses in Guatemala.

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Exemption from VAT and income tax for SMEs operating under the fixed quota regime will be retained in the Tax Act Coalition whose reform is being proposed by the Executive.

There are about 200,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating under the so-called fixed quota regime, contributing 40% to gross domestic product (GDP).

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