The president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), Aline Flores, has called for the publication of the names of large companies that are allegedly evading their tax obligations. "We will not allow 34 companies to stain the name of more than 620 companies who are major contributors", said Flores.
In a statement from the Executive and Revenue Department (DEI in Spanish) the head of the Executive and Revenue Department (DEI), Enrique Castellón, announced that in the next few days he will meet with the directors of COHEP to discuss the possibility of publishing the name of these companies.
"There are some legal limitations, expressed by our legal department, but I agree in principal, if the law allows us to do so, we will convene a meeting with the Cohep to seek agreement", he explained. "But of course, the Law on Income Tax in Article 39 says that it is strictly forbidden in any way disclose the contents of the taxpayer’s statements", said the official.
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