Costa Rica Taken Off List of Tax Havens

After completing twelve agreements to exchange tax information with as many other countries, the OECD has announced that Costa Rica will be excluded from the gray list.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A press release from the Ministry of Finance reads:


• Bill Compliance Standard on Fiscal Transparency is essential for implementation of international agreements
• Country totals twelve agreements of exchange of tax information, which strengthen the management of tax administration to combat tax evasion and enhances the attraction of foreign investment.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced today through a press release that Costa Rica has been excluded from the list of countries not cooperating in the exchange of tax information and included both in the list of jurisdictions that have substantially implemented the international standards of fiscal transparency.

This information was released after the country managed to negotiate a total of twelve agreements to exchange tax information, following the signing of eight agreements last week with Australia and the countries comprising the Nordic block: Denmark, Finland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

These instruments are part of the commitments made by the country before the international community in terms of fiscal transparency. Referring to this news, the Finance Minister, Fernando Herrero said that it is a major step for the country, not only in addressing the commitment but also because these instruments, which strengthen the management of tax administration helping to combat tax evasion but also that it favors attraction of foreign investment, positioning the country as a transparent nation that does not encourage unfair practices.

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