Guatemala: Tax Controls Increase

The tax revenue authority (SAT) is looking to increase collection by expanding the tax base.

Monday, July 13, 2009


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Facing a projected drop in tax income for this year, the SAT has increased controls, focusing on productive sectors with high nonpayment indexes.

From a Sigloxxi.com article: "As an example, the money collected in fighting smuggling and customs evasion reached $6.7 million, which was obtained as a result of a joint effort of the Governance and Defence Ministries, the Economic Theft Prosecution of the Public Ministry and SAT inspectors".

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Guatemala: Tax Collection down 8.3%

July 2009

In June, the government revenue superintendency collected $1.99 billion, less than the $2.17 billion for the same period of 2008.

Rudy Villeda, who heads the government revenue superintendency (Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria, SAT, in Spanish), indicated that preliminary figures put revenue for the month of June in $286 million.

Guatemala: Tougher Controls to Taxpayers

July 2009

New measures have been put in place to improve tax collection, among them electronic embargoes of banking accounts and properties.

At customs, the government revenue authority, known as SAT, will develop a program dubbed "Aduana Segura II" (Secure Customs II), a closed circuit of TV cameras overseeing entrance and departure of merchandise.

$63 million Lost in Tax Reform Challenges

February 2013

The suits citing unconstitutionality presented in Guatemala against the tax reform have caused irrecoverable losses to government coffers.

The head of Collection at tax authority SAT said that " the reform does not only include income tax (ISR)" and noted that the Constitutional Court (CC), among other resolutions, suspended the collection of a 5% tax on the first registration of tractors (Iprima).

Tax Revenues Up 5% in Guatemala

May 2013

In the first third of 2013 the state collected $2.111 billion, $110 million more than in the same period last year.

The figure is below the target set by the Tax Authority, which in this period was $2.277 billion, to cover the spending budget prepared by the Ministry of Finance.

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