Fiscal Deficit Increases in Costa Rica

The finances of the Central Government of Costa Rica continued to show a marked deterioration. Up to and including April, the financial deficit stood at $222 million.

Monday, May 18, 2009


In the first quarter of this year, the results of the accounts of the Central Government showed a decline of 8.5% in revenue over the same period in 2008. Revenue from income taxes showed an inter-annual decrease of 9.8% and customs showed a contraction of 21.4%.

The area of "other tax revenue" showed an increase of 9%, while revenue from sales taxes and consumption showed an increase of 2.1% and 5.7% respectively.

For their part, total expenditures increased by 19.9% in inter-annual terms, mainly due to a 34.2% increase in remuneration as a result of salary adjustments. Moreover, pension payments and resources for the Higher Education Financing Fund (FEES) showed an increase of 19.5% and 42.8% respectively.

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The fiscal deficit is pushing interest rates up, and the Treasury Minister announced a resolution to create a new tax that will generate additional income.

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The 10% increase in revenues will offset the 9.5% increase in central government spending, leaving the fiscal deficit at 3.5% of GDP, slightly below the October 2012 cumulative.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance reads:

Government deficit to October is slightly lower than in the same period last year

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March 2013

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According to the Fiscal Studies Program by the School of Economics at the National University of Costa Rica, this projection was based on total tax revenues increasing by 8.7%, taking into account a lower tax income and Customs taxes (due to a fall in imports) and also an increase in total expenditure of 11.5%.

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In the first 7 months of 2012 revenue increased by 11.3%, but government spending continues to increase at a rate of 9.6% growth, just below the 10.4% recorded in the same period in 2011.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica reads:

• The fiscal deficit persists despite efforts to increase revenue and reduce expenses.

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