Costa Rica: Details of Anti Tax Evasion Bill

Limiting the deduction of interest from income tax and eliminating the exemption from payment of 15% for dividend distribution between companies are part of the changes included in the project.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Bill to Improve Anti-Tax Fraud, presented by the Ministry of Finance amends various tax issues that must be taken into consideration by companies operating under Costa Rican law. notes that "...among the reforms to the Law on Income Tax, is the creation of Article 8a which puts a limit on the deductibility of interest ... That is to say, the tax payer may deduct financial expenses provided that their debts do not exceed a three to one ratio on stockholders' equity to book equity, share capital, reserves and retained earnings. "

Also proposed is "reform ... to Article 16 of the Law on Income Tax ... which provides that the exemption that exists today of the payment of 15% on the transfer of dividends from corporations will be removed ....In addition ... the basis of the taxable income will be broadened to include a series of revenues which currently do not form part of the calculation of the tax."

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