Guatemala: Telephony Tax Under Question

In Congress doubts are being voiced over the effectiveness of the application of a tax of $0.65 per phone line and $13 for call centers.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Among the nine challenges presented by deputies to the proposal to place a tax on phones, the lack of definition of the use of funds and details about who should pay the tax stand out the most, in particular whether it should be the user or the business who pays. Congressmen have argued that this tax would become a form of double taxation because mobile carriers already pay for the administration of numbers.

Attorney Annie Dougherti told that "... There is no clarity as to who should pay the tax for call centers or concentrated lines. Also, if the tax was transferred to the user, specifically prepaid services, this would increase the cost of services by over 50%. "

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