Tax Reform Proposal in Panama

Lawyers, economists and tax specialists discuss this proposal, focused on the adoption of a "flat tax" to replace the current tax system.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The proposal was initiated by Ricardo Martinelli, the presidential candidate that leads public opinion surveys regarding voting preferences, and, according to what was reported by Marianela Palacios in an article in, “[this proposal] implies a reduced ISR rate for the businesses of a current 30% rate to 10% or 15%, limits deductions and eliminates a series of subsidies and fiscal exonerations, even those banking-related."

While some applaud the idea, qualified opinions against these changes have already been raised, forewarning against possible negative consequences on investment received by the country.

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Tax Reforms in Central America

December 2009

2010 will be a difficult year for the region's Treasuries, and tax reforms will be one of the weapons used by governments to fight this crisis.

Nicaragua has recently passed a highly controversial fiscal reform. Panama approved tax hikes for companies in the Colón Free Zone, as well as tobacco, casinos and insurance companies.

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