Guatemala: Tax Reforms in Place

As of March 13th, the second exchange or sale of real estate will not pay VAT, just 3% stamp duty.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Tax Update Law (Decree 10-2012), which entered into force on Tuesday 13th March, indicates that Value Added Tax (VAT) of 12% will be paid only on the first transaction of a property. Taxpayers will pay only 3% stamp duty.

Another change is that schools may no longer benefit from VAT exemption for school transportation, sale of supplies, uniforms, etc; from now on they are required to submit invoices. The only items exempt are registration, tuition and examination fees, reports Prensalibre.com.

As for the sale and transfer of vehicle ownership, 12% VAT has been established for recent models – current year or one year older. The rate will be calculated in a Table of Values to be issued by the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) each year.



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