Businessmen Take Action Against SAT

Guatemala's private sector filed a legal action against the Superintendence of Tax Administration, arguing that the entity had indicated that it would defer tax collection if the restrictions remained in place, but did not do so.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Because of the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, which as of April 15 counted 196 cases, for the time being the government has decided to maintain until April 19 the measures restricting freedom of movement, which includes the transit and movement of persons, crew, passengers and vehicles, in addition to the closure of most commercial establishments.

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The Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) has issued a statement that "... despite the continuation of the curfew, as well as a severe limitation on freedom of movement, industry and commerce ... the collection entity omitted to extend the validity of resolution SAT-SDI-280-2020 and to declare as non-working days for the passing and occurrence of terms, from April 15 of the present year until the working day immediately following the lifting of the State of Calamity and restriction of the exercise of the right to free locomotion."

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The document dated April 15 adds that "... SAT, by requiring today the payment of taxes, is unreasonable and puts at economic risk the existence of small and medium sized enterprises, which, at the same time, threatens the employment and stability of its collaborators."

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