Costa Rica continues to have fiscal surplus

At the close of July there was a budget surplus of $271 million in spite of the economic slowdown.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This is because there has been a reduction in tax evasion, according to reports from the Minister of Finance, Guillermo Zuniga.
The Minister said that earnings from taxes grew by 25.8% in the first seven months of the year, the same period in which Costa Rica has felt the effects of the economic difficulties in the United States, its main trading partner.

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Guillermo Zuniga, Minister of Finance, has ruled out lowering taxes as a way of stimulating internal production, as this would increase the fiscal deficit.

According to, "Zuniga prefers to motivate production by increasing public investment, even though he recognizes that the main challenge is to carry out the works as fast a possible.

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Boosted by a 25 percent increase in tax income, Costa Rica's government recorded a US$230 million surplus for the first half of the year.

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