Salvadoran Tax Reform Now In Force

The new tax rules came into effect today, after being published in the official government newspaper.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Changes include new taxes to alcoholic beverages, tobacco, energy drinks and fuels, in addition to new taxes when registering vehicles, boats and planes, either for personal or commercial usage.

"The final draft of the law mainly affects products like tobacco and alcoholic beverages. As for the first one, 67% of its sale price will correspond to taxes... cigarettes will be charged specific taxes of around $0.02 per unit. Additionally, tobacco products will pay a 39% tax over the suggested final sale price to consumers", reported

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