Clearing a container through customs can take up to 14 days and the extra costs for surcharges which apply after a third day can exceed $600.
An article on Laprensa.hn reports that "...Of those 14 days, only about 11 will be spent waiting, first for the cargo to be inspected and after for a diagnosis to be made, or because of the delay added due to days when customs officers from the now liquidated Executive Directorate of Revenue ( DEI) have taken off in order to migrate to the Revenue Management System (SAR). "
A proposal has been made to include new revenue figures, notify companies via email and to make audit processes simpler.
The bill that the Executive Directorate of Revenue has under public consultation envisages changes in the mechanisms through which requests are received or delivered as well as notices regarding tax payments. Laprensa.hn reports that "...
The union claims that the blockade by 23 customs officers for allegedly failing to comply with customs bonds is delaying foreign trade procedures at customs offices.
In a statement published in Honduran media, the National Federation of Customs Brokers (FENADUANAH) denounced that it is opposed to the decision of the Revenue Office to block access to the Automated System for Customs Income to 23 customs officials for allegedly failing to comply with the payment of customs bonds required by regulations.
The private sector has denounced that on top of the negative effect of the new tax of 1.5%, are delays in the payment of $19 million in tax refunds.
Added to this is the cost for companies of undergoing tax audits required by the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) to justify their financial position and request an adjustment in the payment of 1.5% of income tax to be paid by those generating sales of over $456 thousand.
It has been announced that in August the regulations governing transfer pricing will take effect and penalties will be imposed of $10 thousand to $20 thousand on companies that do not submit a declaration.
Companies that do not submit a declaration after three months after the entry into force of the regulations are subject to fines ranging between $10 thousand and $20 thousand.
The Executive Directorate of Revenue has announced that as part of the changes in the audit and tax collection it will oversee the transfer prices of companies headquartered abroad.
In addition to the implementation of electronic billing and other changes that aim to improve the supervision of tax collections, the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) has announced that foreign companies or Honduran companies whose headquarters are outside of the country must report in detail their transfer prices.
Trucking companies must provide personal data on their drivers in order to register on the national database of the General Department of Revenue.
From a statement issued by the Executive Revenue Department in Honduras:
The Executive Department of Revenue Honduras in compliance with the International Terrestrial Customs Transit Regime 65-2001 established by resolution of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Economic Integration and Regional Development COMRIEDRE article 37 paragraph e.
Documents are being prepared for the tender in February of the design and implementation of a Vehicle Registry system, which will be migrated from the Executive Revenue Department to the Property Institute.
It is expected that late January will see the publication of the terms of reference and the specifications for tender for development of a system and support of the technology platform, which must be made within a period of six months.
The companies Comercio y Exportadores S de R.L., Consorcio Tonjes and Tekni Communications presented their proposals to supply 400,000 number plates for vehicles and motorcycles for a period of five years.
Elheraldo.hn reports that "... Coalianza's executive secretary, Henry Acosta, told Elheraldo.hn that "... in the first stage the selected operator must meet the unmet demand for 150.00 plates for cars and 250,000 for motorcycles, over a maximum period of six months . "
1.5% of total gross sales must be paid even if the company does not generate profits.
As provided for in Article 22-A of the Act on Public Finance Planning "... all companies with earnings of 10 million Lempiras ($480,000) per year must pay 1.5 on their gross sales even if they have had losses."
The business association opposes this tribute "... it affects the economics of their business because gross sales do not determine profits of the business "... and they are considering taking legal action against the provision.
Printing of various tax documents must be done using printers previously authorized by the Executive Directorate of Revenue.
Raising revenue, regulating printing documents and reducing tax evasion, is the aim of the Directorate of Revenue (DEI) with the implementation of a new system for authorization of printing tax registration documents directed at the 400 print shops that registered in the census in 2013, who design and print invoices, receipts, bills of exchange and checks.
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