El Salvador: Textile Companies Oppose 5% Tax

The Chamber of Textile, Clothing Companies and Free Zones states that if the new law on Free Zone included the tax, it would drive away millions of dollars in investments.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Elmundo.com.sv reports that "The Chamber of Textile, Clothing Companies and Free Zones of El Salvador (Camtex) on Wednesday opposed changes made by the Finance Minister Carlos Cáceres to the proposed amendments to the Law on Free Zones, agreed with the sector since October 2011."

Jose Antonio Escobar, president of Camtex warned that if the payment of 5% on income in the form of dividends, and other modifications, were approved it would drive away investment. 'There are two companies that will be investing $25 million if the law is passed as agreed. If not, there will be $25 million less'.

When consulted, the finance minister denied that the reforms could mean the light of capital. "They do not come here because maquilas are here, because the value of labor is cheap." Regarding the payment of 5%, he reminded them that this tax is charged in all Central American countries except El Salvador. "They can not have those benefits", said the minister.

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