Guatemala: Mobile Telephony Tax

Analysis is underway to charge a specific tax on mobile telephony in 2010, either to all calls or just international ones.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A 0.1 Quetzal per minute tax (approximately $0.01), is one option being considered to increase fiscal revenues, within the National Emergency and Economic Recovery Program, know for its initials as PNERE.

Marco Cerezo Blandón, PNERE coordinator, "states that one of the objectives of the program for 2010 is fiscal sustainability", reports "To achieve this 'a Q0.10 per minute tax to mobile calls is being considered' said Cerezo, as well as other mechanisms to raise the state's revenues".

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