Guatemala: Tax Incentives For Textile Companies and Call Centers Only

Reforms have been made to a proposed Emerging Act for Conservation of Employment in order to maintain tax incentives only for textile sectors and call centers, leaving out other activities that were previously exempt.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Deputy Ovidio Monzon, president of the Congress Working Committee confirmed that the aim is to maintain the privileges and exemptions for textile companies and call centers. The other companies that had benefited the regime will be left out. "Our concern is for the more than 150,000 jobs that these sectors provide to Guatemalans to be maintained," he said.

See "Guatemala: Incentives for productive sector"

From a statement issued by the Congress of Guatemala:

The representatives Ovidio Monzon and Aristides Crespo, presidents of the Working Committees, Economy and Foreign Trade, gave a joint press conference to report that there was a ruling in favor of initiative 5007, Emerging Act for Conservation of Employment, to which some reforms were made.

With this measure the committees complies with the 10 day timeframe established for the plenary to discuss and issue a joint opinion which, after entering the Legislative Technical Direction, will go to the plenary for its first reading for the final approval phase.

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