Taxes and Construction Costs

It is estimated that construction costs in Costa Rica could increase up to 9% once the new fiscal plan comes into effect.

Friday, April 5, 2019

From next July 1, the collection of value added tax (VAT) will be staggered, because in the first year new buildings will not pay taxes, in the second pay 4%, in the third 8% and in the fourth 13%.

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Francisco Avilés, general manager of Argo Estrategia, explained to that "... the services that will be taxed with the entry into force of the Law to Strengthen Public Finances will be construction services, architecture, engineering and similar."

Avilés added that "... there will be a less dramatic adjustment in the notary's fees for the transfer of property of 13% of VAT. This will mean in the worst-case scenario, a 0.27% increase in the transaction, always taking place after June 30, 2019."

Also see "More than $4 Billion in Residential Construction"

Regarding the price of construction materials, the latest report of the National Institute of Statistics and Census, details that the price indexes of buildings and housing of social interest registered in February 2019 year-on-year variations of 0.88% and 0.77%, respectively.

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