SAT's Multi Million Dollar Debt to Guatemalan Exporters

The Tax Authority (SAT) owes to domestic exporters about $313 million in tax credit refunds.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This was explained by the superintendent Carlos Muñoz, adding that "... this amount represents the backlog in tax credit refunds of Value Added Tax (VAT) to Exporters and there are cases which have been awaiting payment since 2011," noted an article in

According to Francisco Menendez, director of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), exporters are complaining that it is a lot of money and it has taken too long for them to receive it. "The Government has left us hanging and is not making prompt payments, it affects a lot because exporters are left without any working capital," he added.

The coffee sector alone is owed $100 million, a delay which has led to grain exporters being without capital, said Nils Leporowski, president of the National Coffee Association (Anacafé).

As explained by Omar Franco, Collection office at the SAT, funds are available to make payments, however, they must first be approved. So far in 2013 $162 million in VAT rebates has been given to exporters.

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More Problems with VAT Refunds

January 2016

Salvadoran exporters claim that the system used by the Ministry of Finance from November to return VAT has put a strain on companies liquidity.

The new mechanism to refund VAT to exporters (which has been in force since November), has caused new problems between the sector and the tax authority of El Salvador.

El Salvador: State Owes $50 million in VAT

July 2015

The export sector is pushing for the Ministry of Finance to accelerate the delivery of credit notes for tax refunds.

The Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport) estimates that the amount owed exceeds $50 million, and is insisting that the government remove the obstacles that prevent accelerating tax refunds to exporters.

Nine Months to Refund VAT to Exporters  

March 2015

In El Salvador the export sector claims that delays of up to nine months are being reported on tax refunds due from the Treasury, which should take no more than 30 days.

Seven months ago the Exporters Corporation of El Salvador (Coexport) submitted to the Ministry of Finance a proposal for self-assessment of Value Added Tax (VAT) with the aim of reducing the time it takes to receive tax refunds.

Self Assesment for VAT in El Salvador

March 2013

A proposal has been made for a self-assessment system which aims for the government to quickly provide refunds of the 13% VAT to exporters. reports that "in light of the government's failure to repay on time the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) to export companies, the same companies, unionized under the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport ), have decided to create their own proposal in order to quickly get back the funds which belong to them. "

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