US - Costa Rica Tax Information Exchange

Under the new agreement, information will be exchanged in order to determine, settle and collect taxes, as well as collect and execute tax claims.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The renegotiation of this agreement, initially signed in 1989 and in force since 1991, began in September 2014 and ended in the first quarter of 2018.  

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance in Costa Rica:

April 20, 2018. In order to meet the current standard of fiscal transparency established by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) regarding the exchange of information for tax purposes and mutual assistance, and once the renegotiation process has concluded, representatives of the Governments of Costa Rica and the United States signed a new agreement this week for the exchange of information between both countries.

The agreement was signed by the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the Ambassador of the United States, Sharon Day, and must be submitted to the Legislative Assembly for ratification. 

Under this agreement, both countries will offer assistance through the exchange of information in order to determine, settle and collect taxes, as well as to collect and execute tax claims, or to investigate or prosecute tax matters.  All this information will be treated confidentially between both parties

Read full release (in Spanish).

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