El Salvador: Advantage Taken of Falling Oil Price

The Government is debating whether to charge an additional tax of 1% on the price of fuel when the international price falls below $50 per barrel.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Under the law passed in 2009, if the price of a barrel of oil is less than $50 an additional 1% tax on the price of fuel will be automatically applied. Although the international price of oil is now trading at less than $50, the tax is not yet being charged.

Nelson Carrillo, Chief of the Regulatory Market Analysis Division of the Ministry of Economy, told Elsalvador.com that "... The tax comes into effect initially when the price drops to $70 per barrel and states that between $70 and $50 there will be a charge of 0.5% tax on fuel prices and a charge of 1% when it is below $50. The application of this tax will be applied on sales that various gas stations make, the Ministry will visit the stations and using this methodology (established in law) will start the calculation process. "

"... For the service station industry, low price is a key factor in the growth of sales. Since 2008, service stations had experienced a drop in fuel consumption, with a low sales growth that has not exceeded 1%. But after the fall of prices, entrepreneurs have a new hope of receiving 5% growth in sales. "

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Guatemala: More Taxes on Gasoline?

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Taking advantage of the low price of oil the government is discussing increasing the tax base on the distribution of petroleum and petroleum products.

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The government of El Salvador is studying a proposal to change taxes for owners of gas stations, in light of the sector’s negative reaction to the latest tax reforms.

The current proposal is to exempt them from the tax of 1% of total sales tax in exchange for paying 30% of profits.

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