Controversy Over Changes in Invoicing

In Honduras, rebates and discounts applied to sales should be detailed on the invoice, a change with which the business sector would disagree if the government decides to collect taxes on the discounted amount.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On March 1, the changes to the invoices, which were imposed by Agreement 817-2018, came into effect. Among them, it is important to note that the fields for discounts and rebates must be included in the format of the document.

According to representatives of the Rent Administration Service (SAR), the new structure of the invoice must include an additional column in which the business owner must detail the discounts or rebates granted to customers.

Juan Carlos Skiff, president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise, told that "... If the field of discounts is for illustrative purposes of the users we agree so that the client knows exactly how much they are giving, but if it is to assume an income of the companies and collect income tax or sales tax on that amount that was deducted from the client we disagree completely. If so, we are ready to file an appeal of unconstitutionality to the Supreme Court of Justice and the Competition Commission."

Pedro Vaquero, director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortés, explained that "... the new system will leave losses and also delays.  It is a direct way in which the SAR is taking away the people's cheapest purchase through discounts and 'therefore we are totally against this change."

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