Changing how tax credits are returned is one of the proposals put forward in the reform of the rules for the VAT Act proposed by the tax authority.
Three years after the last modification to the regulations of the Law on Value Added Tax came into effect, it has been proposed that it be re-edited, in order to improve and streamline the audit processes.
Raising VAT from 12% to 15% and lowering income tax from 35% to 30% are part of the reforms that the Executive Branch is preparing to present to Congress.
Preliminary ideas being prepared by President Morales and a group of advisers also include incorporating the concept of world income.Although a formal document has not yet been submitted, the Executive has already started to give details of the proposal to members of Congress.
Companies operating under the Law for the Promotion of Export Activities and Maquilas will be able to deduct the VAT paid on electricity.
By presenting a certifying document to the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) exporters will be exempted from paying VAT on their electricity bill, since it is a"... tax benefit according to decrees 29-89 and 19-2016 " explained the lawyer Rodrigo Barillas in an activity organized by Agexport.
It has been announced that as of November 17th enterprises must carry out a mandatory exporter VAT self-assessment using a web platform.
The union of exporters is not entirely satisfied with this online system, stating that it has some limitations, such as only allowing "... cross matching withholding of exporter VAT with importer VAT to recover the money.
The export sector is pushing for the Ministry of Finance to accelerate the delivery of credit notes for tax refunds.
The Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport) estimates that the amount owed exceeds $50 million, and is insisting that the government remove the obstacles that prevent accelerating tax refunds to exporters.
Exporters claim that the Ministry of Finance takes up to 10 months to give credit notes for tax refunds, accumulating a debt of $70 million.
To date the Ministry of Finance has issued $41 million in Treasury credit notes (NCTP) to pay off part of the debt. However, representatives from the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport) state that this type of payment represents a loss for exporters, as NCTP's can be sold but wat a discount of up to 5%.
In its comments on the bill on income tax and sales reforms currently under public consultation, a request has been made that financial institutions be subject to a system of global and not published income.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC):
ABC submitted their comments on the draft amendments to the income and sales taxes
Tax Memorandum by Tezó and Associates regarding verification of the information presented in the annual declaration of income tax.
Tax Memorandum by Tezó and Associates:
In March 2015 the SAT sent an email containing a reminder to some Special Taxpayers in respect to the maturity of the annual Income Tax affidavit (ISR). This email includes he notice with the following paragraph: "In April 2015, the SAT will verify the information presented in the annual ISR affidavit, for which reason it asks, among other things, for the integration of non-deductible expenses and receivables reported and declared. "
The Ministry of Finance has postponed until April 17 the deadline for companies to make their comments on the draft legislation reforming income and sales taxes .
Originally the deadline for providing comments on the tax proposal was March 27, but at the request of several sectors it has been extended until April 17, according to the chief of Finance, Helio Fallas.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants has stated that projects to reform VAT and income tax will affect the final consumer by making goods and services more expensive.
From a statement issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants:
The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ovares Francisco, believes that the new bills to reform the Value Added Tax (VAT) and income tax (ISR), which the Treasury is submitting to public consultation will have a direct impact on consumers.
In El Salvador the export sector claims that delays of up to nine months are being reported on tax refunds due from the Treasury, which should take no more than 30 days.
Seven months ago the Exporters Corporation of El Salvador (Coexport) submitted to the Ministry of Finance a proposal for self-assessment of Value Added Tax (VAT) with the aim of reducing the time it takes to receive tax refunds. To date they have not yet received a reply from the authorities and, according to the entrepreneurs themselves, the State owes approximately $50 million in this category.
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