Costa Rica Announces Fiscal Reform Project

The project which will be presented to the National Assembly includes a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15%.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

This tax will replace the current sales tax.

The project was presented by the Finance Minister, Fernando Herrero, during an event at the Attorney Bar Association.

With regards to the VAT, the minister added that it is of special concern "... to include in the tax base professional services, health and private education, informs “As for the income tax, the proposed tax reform proposes to tax interest, dividends, capital gains and rentals at a rate of 15% of the income."

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