Independent Professionals Targeted by Costa Rican Treasury

Costa Rica intends to fight tax fraud and evasion, labeling them not only as felonies but also as an ethical and solidarity problem.

Friday, October 23, 2009


The Treasury of Costa Rica presented the National Plan for Preventing and Fighting Tax Fraud. It remarks the need to improve the management of related information, and to ease the required procedures to raid and obtain information.

Its prologue was written by Minister Jenny Phillips Aguilar: "As was reported by the General Comptroller of the Republic, independent professionals have the highest level of tax evasion. Even though they have the highest levels of education, the degree of solidarity of this professionals is minimal. ...

Evading taxes and / or deceiving the Treasury are felonies, and society must acknowledge them as such. As other duties included in the law must be complied with, taxes must be paid. We have to stimulate ethics and solidarity as a means of fighting tax evasion".

View the entire National Plan for Preventing and Fighting Tax Fraud (only available in Spanish)

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