Tax Exemption Ends for 90 Products

Due to the government’s need to increase tax revenue in Costa Rica several types of meat and fruit will incur sales tax of 13% from Monday .

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Among the types of products that will be taxed from now on with 13% sales tax are beef and pork loins, beef tenderloin and pork t-bone, Delmonico, sirloin, salmon, rice paella, risotto, shrimp, lobster, oysters, kiwi, plums, prunes, cherries and peaches, reports

"Eggplant unpackaged fresh or dried, grape fruit, figs and fresh mamey, potato and cassava flour, honey, floor mops and mosquito repellent" are other products that are to be taxed starting from Monday, May 7th.

Some entrepreneurs, like Leonardo Luconi, president of the Livestock Development Corporation, fear that the new tax will result in a reduction in demand for meat.

A decree amending the exemptions was published in the edition number 55 of La Gaceta on 30th April.

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