The bill against tax fraud authorizes the Ministry of Finance to return up to 1% of sales tax paid by final consumers.
The return of that percentage, which would be a maximum of 1% of the general sales tax, would be subject to ranges and types of trading activity, as explained in the Bill to improve the fight against tax fraud.
A declaration of unconstitutionality has been given to the section of the tax code that allowed the Treasury to demand payment of penalties and interest allegedly owed on taxes before the right to a defense can be exercised.
The slowness and inefficiency with which the Taxation department processes tax disputes, sometimes involving decades before there is a resolution, led to the outlandish idea on the part of lawmakers of putting the cart before the horse.In order to solve the problem of stubborn evasions where people take advantage of the inefficiency of the Taxation department, a decision was made to take away from companies the right to contest the results of tax audits, forcing the taxpayer to pay the amounts ordered by these audits, within in a deadline of one month, in order to be able to initiate formal questioning of those results.Now, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica has taken away that power from the Taxation department, declaring it unconstitutional.
Due to a 12% increase in revenue in the first half of 2016 the fiscal deficit of the nonfinancial public sector fell by 80% compared to the same period in 2015.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance:
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Dulcidio De La Guardia, presented today at a press conference the results of the Fiscal Balance of the Nonfinancial Public Sector (NFPS) and the Central Government, for the first half of 2016, highlighting a significant reduction in the deficit, which went from 647 million dollars in the first six months of 2015 to 129 million in the same period this year, representing a reduction of 519 million or 80.2%.
Due to the implementation of a new tax system, the government has postponed until August 31 the deadline for filing tax declarations and reports which were due on July 31.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance:
The Directorate General of Revenue (DGI) at the Ministry of Economy and Finance wishes to reiterate to all taxpayers that because of the implementation of the new tax information system e-Tax 2.0, official financial statements and reports that were due for submission on July 31 may be submitted until August 31, 2016.
The agreement signed by the governments will be formalized in August in the city of Hanoi.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
The Republic of Panama and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam initialed an agreement on Friday to avoid double taxation, which will be signed by the appropriate authorities in the city of Hanoi in August.
Guatemalan agricultural exporters have questioned the measure taken by the Treasury to seize bank accounts in order to recover unpaid taxes, arguing that it is affecting their operations.
Arguing that the measure is attached to the law, the Tax Administration has defended its right to take injunctive measures such as seizing bank accounts in order to recover taxes that companies have stopped paying.
Optimization of the DGI's management practices has been cited as the cause of the 14.3% increase in tax revenue collection in the first half of the year.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance:
The collection of tax revenue for the first half of the year increased by 14.3% compared to the same period in 2015, according to the latest preliminary report released today by the Directorate General of Revenue (DGI) at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).
Two years behind schedule, an announcement has been made that in January 2017 the electronic billing system will be implemented by Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance in Costa Rica:
Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH), was selected by the Ministry of Finance for the development, implementation and operation of an electronic invoicing system, which will start in January 2017.ESPH together with another company which is a specialist in the subject, will be responsible for developing the software and putting into use the technology platform (networks, servers, connectivity, among other things, as well as the reception, validation and storage of electronic receipts or invoices.
The analysis made by Fusades concludes that the bill aiming to collect tax debts allows assets to be seized before it has been proven that there is a real debt.
From a report by the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES):
On April 6, 2016, the Minister of Finance submitted to the Legislature, with instructions from the President of the Republic and making use of the bill bestowed by the Constitution, a draft "Law for the collection of tax debts and fines owed to the State", consisting of 109 articles, divided into five titles.The project is still under study by the Commission of Treasury and Budget of the Legislative Assembly.
Memorandum on Physical Inventories and payment schedule for obligations in May 2016.
From a Memorandum sent by Tezó and Associates:
Physical inventories: Counting properly
One of the main components of financial statements of company´s with industrial or commercial activities are inventories, which are usually made up of goods available for sale or consumption and inventories of production processes.
The company Management, at the end of the accounting period must ensure that the inventory quantities that may exist in their stores, warehouses or any other collection site correspond to the economic reality by carrying out physical counts in order to ensure that the amounts of inventories are kept in good shape and are valued in accordance with the IFRS.
In order to speed up timeframes and procedures, employers have asked that the requirement be eliminated or that the the timeframe, currently one month, be extended to at least one year.
In Central America, only authorities in Nicaragua are demanding compliance with fiscal solvency, which directly affects the competitiveness of local exporters against the rest of the region. In order to speed up the times and procedures, employers are asking for the requirement to be eliminated or that the timeframe, currently one month, be extended to at least one year.
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