New law in Guatemala to govern income tax, rates and controls

The Executive Branch of government has proposed a lengthy new income tax law.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Under the proposal, the changes to the income tax structure would affect the general income tax, optional taxes and local taxes. It would create levies on dividends from capital and new limits on deductible expenses.
If Congress passes the bill, the new taxes would be introduced gradually between 2009 and 2012.

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The period for presented audited financial statements and the income declaration (ISR) expires on March 31 for all registered taxpayers.

According to, "the law, in effect since the start of the year, covers the 2008 fiscal year.

According to Abelardo Medina, head of operations at SAT, there are proposals for reforming these requirements and to required audited statements only from special contributors; however, these were not approved by Congress hence until the modification are approved, the procedure will be applied to all taxpayers (at a rate of 31%)."

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