Guatemala: Pressure From Tax Audit Office

So far this year one hundred businesses have been closed and another 1,200 are being targeted by the authorities because of invoicing problems.

Friday, March 1, 2013 reports that "the head of the Tax Authority (SAT), Miguel Gutierrez, said that so far this year, 100 businesses have been closed temporarily and at least 1,200 are under observation, all of them for billing problems or because they did not deliver invoices to their customers. "

According to Gutierrez the business closure unit is being strengthened in order to ensure that billing is not being omitted in establishments. "The operations will continue and will be extended throughout the Republic."

An unwillingness and the tax culture are, according to the superintendent, the main reasons that businesses do not bill correctly, the official added that the closure of some businesses will be final as they have committed the offence more than once.

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