Costa Rica Should Approve Tax Reform

Those were the words of the International Monetary Fund after assessing the national economy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To maintain the current levels of public investment, the Government requires levels of income of 2% of the GDP. published a fragment of the IMF communique: "It would be convenient to achieve, as soon as possible, a consensus regarding the need to increase income, thus guaranteeing a quick discussion and approval, without delays, of a tax reform".

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