Guatemala: Insistance on Regulating Banking Secrecy

The new head of the Superintendency of Banks intends to resume the discussion in Congress of a bill which would regulate banking secrecy in the country by way of tax audits.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With the aim of improving tax controls, the Superintendency of Banks (SIB) seeks to reform national legislation for the regulation of banking secrecy in order to access "... Banking information of taxpayers, under guarantees of confidentiality."

The head of the SIB, Jose Alejandro Arevalo told Lahora.gt that "... The law would allow access to all of the data and there is no limitation. The Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) is the one who must be interested in this law advancing in Congress, so it can access information and make cross references with declarations that must be filed in order to comply with tax responsibilities. "

"... A recent analysis by the Central Fiscal Observatory said Guatemala shows little progress in strengthening the tax administration by eliminating bank secrecy regulated in law and the obligation by banks to keep information on file about its customers and that it can not disclose to third parties without authorization. "

"According to estimates by the SAT, there is a 65% evasion on income tax and 38% on value added tax."



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