Costa Rica: Tax on Holiday Rentals

A draft anti tax avoidance law to be discussed by the Assembly in Costa Rica clarifies the obligation to pay sales tax on homes rented out for less than a month.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sales tax on holiday houses rented to tourists is already covered in the General Sales Tax Act, but in practice "... this obligation is often breached by owners," affecting the formal hotel sector, which has to pay the same tax.

The bill to improve the fight against fiscal fraud presented by the Minister of Finance clarifies that "... services taxed with sales tax (13%), ...include hotels, motels, and boarding houses, whether the stays be temporal or not. "

Article 6 of the plan sent to Congress adds that "... any lease of real property for residential use, for periods of less than one month shall be considered as incurring the general sales tax."

Heriberto Pablo Abarca, president of the Chamber of Tourism, told that "... the clarification of Finance is good step to combat informality in the market."

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