New tax for luxury houses in Costa Rica

The Legislative Assembly approved a new tax that will have to be paid for properties with a market value higher than $180,000.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The tax will be valid for ten years, and will be scaled based on the value of the property, and will only be levied on the value of the residence.

The Ministry of Finance estimates that it would collect $38 million, while a study by the national assembly estimate that it would be $17.3

The Congressional Department of Budget Analysis reported that their are 6,492 properties with values higher than $180,000 record at the registry.

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Costa Rica: Luxury Residences Tax Comes Into Effect

October 2009

Today, a new tax for residences worth more than $170.000 (¢100 million) comes into effect in Costa Rica.

The law, dubbed 'Solidary Tax' ('Impuesto Solidario'), will tax luxury houses for ten years.

"Every three years, on the first 15 days of January, homeowners will have to update the fiscal value of their property by means of an electronic statement. It won't be deductible from income taxes", reports

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July 2009

Property tax would decrease from 2% to 1% for those who willingly update the value of their properties in the civil registry.

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