Nicaragua: New Taxes on Advertising Signs

A bill intends to impose a tax in dollars on advertising of commercial enterprises in public spaces.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"According to the bill, natural or legal persons must have an installation or renovation permit from City Hall. Once obtained, they will have thirty days to place the sign, otherwise they will need to reapply." reported

It also proposes that mobile advertising on garbage cans, stops and benches, will incur taxes.

Within the body of the initiative, criticized as "highly discretionary" is Article 12 which states that posters can be taken down "when the municipality requires having public area" which they occupy.

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