Newspapers in El Salvador to Pay Income Tax

The Government is proposing amending the Press Law to tax the income of the companies that own printed newspapers, keeping tax exemptions on paper and ink.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Establishing a concept of fairness and justice between taxing employers and not censorship is, according to Finance Minister Carlos Cáceres, the purpose of the proposed new tax for the companies that own printed newspapers, which until now have been exempt from income tax (ISR).

"... The Minister explained that the amendment to the Press Law being promoted by their administration ... does not threaten freedom of expression ... and that Article 8 of the reform contains a lock to ensure freedom of expression. That article says. "Printing presses will not be subject to censorship or security in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution" "

"Caceres said ... that the companies engaged in the printing of written materials will continue to enjoy 'the same benefits they have to make newspapers and books.' The same article states that "the importation, production, distribution or sale of printed products are exempt from taxes, duties or charges. Also benefiting from the same exemption are materials for the development or production of those products. "

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