Costa Rica Gets Off Brazil's Grey list

Since 1999 Costa Rica has been included in the list of nations considered tax havens by the South American country.

Friday, January 19, 2018

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance:


The Federal Revenue Secretariat of Brazil (Receita Federal do Brasil or RFB) has removed Costa Rica from the list of countries with favored taxation, known as tax havens. 
The removal of the country from this list was made under Normative Instruction No. 1.773 of December 21, 2017 and became effective on January 1, 2018. 

"This scope not only eliminates the negative effects felt by Costa Rica due to its inclusion in this list, but also marks a turning point in relation to the opening up of new opportunities that will allow for an intensifying of attraction of investments and our commercial exchange with Brazil. Additionally, it confirms the excellent state of the relations between Brazil and Costa Rica," said the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Manuel A. González Sanz.  

Read full release (in Spanish).

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