Tax Collection Increases in Honduras

The closure of duty-free stores in land based customs, hotels and shopping centers is thought to be the reason for the rise.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In February 2010, the Honduran Tax Revenue Service board of directors suspended the contracts of tax-free shopping stores after receiving complaints that these businesses were often linked with the illegal trade in cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.

"Revenue from the country's sales tax (set at 15%) on alcoholic beverage and cigarette imports increased by approximately $23.5 million between June and July 2010," reports

Total revenue this year from this tax is forecast to be $42.3 million.

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