Tax Fraud: New Cases in Guatemala

Chang y Compania and Mag Alcoholes, are two companies that during March were audited by local authorities, after the detection of the possible crime of tax and customs fraud.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Representatives of the Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria (SAT) informed that on March 10, the Juzgado Pluripersonal de Primera Instancia Penal en Materia Tributaria y Aduanera ("Pluripersonal Court of First Criminal Instance in Tax and Customs Matters") ordered the intervention of the company Mag Alcoholes, and on March 22, the Juzgado Quinto de Primera Instancia Penal ("Fifth Court of First Criminal Instance") ordered the intervention of the warehouse Chang y Compania.

Manuel Mejicanos Jimenez, Legal Intendant of SAT, told that "... these are processes which were being followed up for the possible crimes of tax fraud and customs fraud."

The article states that "... in both cases the authorization of the Court of Appeals was required in order to legally intervene the taxpayers and thus guarantee the collection of taxes, while a judge appoints an intervener."

According to the authorities, with these two interventions SAT will collect close to $3 million in taxes, interest and fines. Government officials confirmed that both companies are under control of SAT auditors.

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