Costa Rica: Sales Tax on Tourism to be Reviewed

After complaints from the sector about the adverse implications of taxing tourism services in protected areas, the government has announced that they proposal will be revised.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) announced it will support a reform of the regulations recently proposed by the finance ministry, which sought to impose a 13% sales tax on tourism activities carried out in protected areas.

Wilhelm von Breymann, tourism minister, said in an article on that "... 'The ICT, respectful of the legal system and the institutions which govern our social state of law, understands that the most assertive way to address the current problems in the sector is through a push for regulatory reform in order to provide a solution. '"

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