Changes in Proposed Vacation Rental Taxes

A 3% additional to the 13% VAT that was expected to be charged in Costa Rica as a tax on accommodation services provided through the Airbnb platform and other similar platforms was finally removed from the bill being discussed in the Legislative Assembly.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bill 20.865 for the regulation of non-traditional hosting and its intermediation through digital platforms, which is discussed in the Legislative Assembly and determines the taxes to be charged for the activity, will be modified by the Economic Affairs Commission.

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Regarding the decision to waive the specific charge of 3% to the activity, reported that "... the legislators waived the specific tax, after the Minister of Finance, Rocío Aguilar, and the Attorney General's Office of the Republic told them the inconvenience of creating it."

The article adds that "... Initially, the congressmen wanted to allocate the collection of the 3% tax to the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Directorate General of Taxation (DGT). However, the Finance Minister warned that charging a specific tax is complex and expensive."

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By means of a legal opinion, the Attorney General's Office objected to the creation of the specific tax in question, which would be administered by the beneficiary entities, since they are institutions of the Central Government, it is convenient that the resources enter the Single State Fund.

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