Salvadoran Mayoralties Collect Less Taxes

The mayoralties reported decreases between 10% and 70% in taxes which affect project execution and employment.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The president of the Corporation of Salvadoran Municipalities and Mayor of Antiguo Cuscatlán, Milagro Navas, said, "We are seeing a recession in all the mayoralties and now we are in trouble and are even considering staff reductions." Her own community has $300 thousand in unpaid taxes.

An article in La Prensa Gráfica described the effect that the situation is having on public works and employment: "Spokespersons for the mayoralties say that the first measure taken in the face of the lack of money in the coffers is the stoppage of projects, no investment in social works and staff reductions."

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El Salvador: Tax Collection Decreases by 15%

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In February, the government collected $199.9 million in net taxes, 15.61% less than the $236.9 million collected in January.

According to official figures from the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), tax collection for February was also 13.76% lower than during the same period in 2008.

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Guillermo Zúñiga, Minister of Finance, attributed these results to the global economic crisis.

Mipunto.com reported statements by the minister: "The global recession, which has caused a sharp slowdown in local economy, has taken its toll with regard to tax collection."

Tax Revenues Decrease by 12.1% in El Salvador

April 2009

Up to and including February 2009, tax collection was $436.8 million, compared to $497 million during the same period last year.

The head of the area of macroeconomics for the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development, Álvaro Trigueros, informed Elsalvador.com: “The reduction in tax revenues comes from lower collection of the Value Added Tax (IVA), which decreased by $53 million, while import taxes were down by some $10 million. The decline in imports is related to falling oil prices, lower tariffs and generally to a lower economic growth."

Guatemala Lowers Tax Collection Target by 9.3%

March 2009

The SAT lowered its tax collection goal for 2009 by $441.

For 2009, the Tax Administration Superintendent (SAT) in Guatemala had planned to raise $4.758 billion, but it reported yesterday that the target was adjusted to $4.32 billion, a decrease of 9.28%.

Prensalibre.com reported that the Finance Minister, Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, addressed the impact on the fiscal deficit: "It would have to be covered by a decrease in operating expenses, plus donations and debt grants pending approval, but it is expected that the aforementioned deficit will remain at 2%."

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