Guatemala: 2013 Public Finance Figures

The tax burden was placed at 10.9%, as a result of a tax proceeds of $5.912 million, 8.1% higher than in 2012.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guatemala's fiscal deficit ended the year at 2.2%, below the Government's initial estimate of 2.5 %.

From a press release by the Ministry of Finance:

The Ministry of Finance reports that at the close of the fiscal accounts for 2013 has been completed and given results that demonstrate the efficient and sound management of fiscal policy. The deficit stood at 2.2% of GDP, a level that fosters macroeconomic stability and economic development. The delay in approving budget support loans and behavior of tax revenues represented adversities which were properly dealt with.

The tax burden in 2013 stood at 10.9%, a result of a tax collection Q46.306.1 million, representing a growth of 8.1%, higher than in 2012 (6.3%) , despite series of legal actions against the Tax Update Law. This growth is mainly associated with the ISR , which grew by 20.6 % compared to the amount collected in 2012. Meanwhile , public spending grew by 5.3% year on year, reaching 13.7% of GDP, lower than that observed in 2012 (14.1%).

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