Guatemala: Tax Incentives for Tourism Investment

A bill prepared by the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism proposes giving tax benefits to companies investing in the areas of Izabal, Las Verapaces, and Petén.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

INGUAT director Jorge Mario Chajón told that "... it is an initiative that is still under discussion, but aims to address problems in the departments' which have been abandoned for a long time and do not have any developed tourist infrastructure'."

According Chajón, "... reductions could be applied to the Single Property Tax (IUSI). She added that they also want to give exemptions on income tax (ISR) for a few years, in places where investment is made in tourism infrastructure. For that to happen there must be agreement with Finance and the Tax Administration Authority(SAT). "

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