Guatemala: Tax on Telephony Suspended

The application of tax of $0.65 per mobile phone line that had been proposed by the Executive to fund part of the 2015 budget has been temporarily suspended.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Constitutional Court temporarily suspended the collection of the tax on telephone lines after the Chamber of Industry and the three phone companies operating in the country submitted an appeal against the tax.

S21.com.gt reports that "... The aim is for the tax of $0.65 per telephone line to be eliminated along with the power given to the Superintendency of Tax Administration to install monitoring devices in communication networks. "

"... The three phone companies: Claro, Telefónica and Tigo had filed an injunction in court to declare as unconstitutional the two texts that are included in the General Budget of Income and Expenditures for 2015. "

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