The private sector is proposing new municipal legislation in order to unify criteria and procedures and allow for a "reduction in discretion regarding fees and licenses."
The proposal to streamline municipal management is part of an initiative made up of 50 measures to improve the country's competitiveness, submitted by the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) to the Nicaraguan government.
Noting that the right to property was violated, the tax that the Mayoral Office of San Salvador charged private companies using a calculation based on their assets has been declared unconstitutional.
The ruling in question eliminates Article 1.021.1 from the rate of Excise Taxes set by the Municipality of San Salvador, San Salvador department, which stated that the municipal tax collection must be calculated based on the assets of companies.
Exemption from taxes and municipal fees are some of the incentives that the Mayor of the Central District of Tegucigalpa is granting to those building parking lots in areas of high road traffic.
Other incentives being offered include the payment of only $0.05 per building permit, regardless of the size of the land where it the parking lot will be built. Also included is "... exemption on payment of the fee for Sales Volume or property tax over a period of between three and five years."
The Municipality of Capira has eliminated the recently approved tax of one cent for every load of chicken transported, which was opposed by the poultry sector.
For the third time the Municipality of Capira has failed in its attempt to collect this tax. Even though the tax came into effect in early January, the City Council finally decided to pull back and remove the fee, but has not ruled out review it again in two years time.
On January 2nd the tax paid for building permits issued by the municipality of San Miguelito rose by 40%.
In the last 15 years the cost of building permits in the Municipality of San Miguelito has not been reviewed or adjusted, according to representatives of the entity. Because of this, the municipal authorities announced the increase of 40%, which they attributed the increase in building materials and labor in the last year.
The mining union is opposed to the increase from 1% to 10% for precious metals and the elimination of voluntary royalties to municipalities contemplated in the 2015 budget.
Besides the new tax on the distribution of bags of cement and telephony, increased royalties for the exploitation of minerals and construction materials are also part of the new fiscal package which comes with the 2015 budget.
A reduction has been made from 10% to 5.5% on the municipal tax payable by companies building dams worth $50 million or more in the district of Bugaba, Chiriqui.
The Municipal Council in Chiriquí Bugaba, has repealed all municipal charges related to taxes, and established a new tax regime, which includes a reduction of the fees to be paid by hydroelectric projects.
The municipality of Colon has decided to suspend the collection of $100 tax for each truck distributing chicken, which had started on October 7th.
A similar decision was taken in the district of La Chorrera, where "... the mayor said (to producers) that during his administration he will not establish taxes on farmers, producers and agro-exporters".
An announcement has been made that there will be a review on the structure of taxes charged to businesses engaged in sand mining in the district Capira province of Panama.
Currently just 5 sand providers pay tax on extraction of mineral stone, which is $0.40 per cubic meter, therefore the structure and form of tax collection will be reviewed in order to increase municipal revenues.
The Association of Banks of Panama has filed a lawsuit alleging that the concept of the tax retention agent is unconstitutional.
The Association of Banks of Panama (ABP) believes that the agreement which empowers the Panamanian municipality to select companies that bill more than $5 million as tax retention agents is unconstitutional. The agreement regulated in 2013 turns firms in auditors and collectors of tax for the municipal coffers.
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