El Salvador: Industrialists Ask for Fiscal Breaks

Faced with the health crisis affecting the Salvadoran economy, businessmen from the industrial sector asked the government to postpone income tax declarations until June 2020.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Another of the specific requests of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), is the prompt refund to exporters of Value Added Tax, through Treasury Notes.

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ASI's statement published on its social networks on April 8, which proposes 4 tax relief measures, reviews:

"... 1. Income tax return, that its payment be postponed until June 2020 and that 6 months be given without interest to pay it.

2. Suspension of the advance payment of income tax, known as payment on account, during the next 4 months, given that it will always be settled in the 2020 Income Tax Return to be made in 2021.

3. Capital gains tax of 5% for the Special Contribution to Security. That the 5% tax on capital gains over $500,000 be deferred until June 2020 and that 6 months be given without interest to pay it.

4. Return of VAT to the Exporter. That this be done in cash or through Treasury Notes and that the Treasury catches up with the exporting companies.

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