Guatemalan legislators press for diesel tax cut

Opposition legislators have called a special session of Guatemala's Congress to discuss a proposal to abolish the value-added tax on diesel.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

As high diesel prices threaten to raise food prices and fares on public transport, the legislators say the tax cut is the only way to avoid a crisis.

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Costa Rican legislators back removal of tax on diesel

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Costa Rican legislators reject higher taxes on gasoline

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Costa Rica's legislators rejected the government's proposal to increase taxes on gasoline in order to remove them from diesel.

Under a deal struck by the legislators and the executive, the shortfall in the nation's finances will be met instead by increased taxes on offshore banking, luxury vehicles, cigarettes, gambling and liquor.

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