Guatemala: Tax Reform Postponed Until 2010

The year-end leave at the Guatemalan Congress, which runs until January 2010, prevented the government from beginning the new year with new taxes.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The tax reform bill was not the only project postponed until next year. Other include the Private-Public Alliances Bill, the Integral Rural Development Bill and some modifications to the Criminal Code.

Álvaro Colom refered to the situation: "It is regrettable. While some of us try to construct, others try to prevent the discussion ... but the tax reform bill will be a reality", reported

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The reason given is that, "political conditions are not right for presenting the tax reforms to congress".

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Vehicle importers are threatening with additional measures to prevent this tax from becoming a reality.

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