Guatemala: Investigation on $382 million Tax Evasion

The Superintendency of Tax Administration is investigating companies that purchased fake invoices in order to avoid paying taxes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Among the companies and individuals under investigation are agricultural producers, poultry farmers, fabric retailer and cold room repair service providers.

Last March Norman Fernando Tejeda Velasquez was captured who according to investigations “made up 76 companies, through which he sold customers building materials, land, food, consultancy and VAT,...", related an article by Coralia Orantes in

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