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".
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Costa Rica will make modifications in its legal system to avoid the penalties proposed by the G20 for countries that do not exchange information on taxes.
Finance Minister Guillermo Zúñiga agreed that the issue of transparency in tax matters and the international exchange of tax information, although it was raised for years, was recently priorized due to the recent decision by the G20 to recommend sanctions against countries that do not cooperate in this regard.
In Costa Rica the majority of MPs are opposed to the bill which would give the Treasury the ability to penalize delinquent taxpayers, a measure considered unique to the judiciary.
The Government will have to amend the draft law to improve the fight against tax fraud if it wants the Legislature to approve it.
The objective of the agreement signed between Costa Rica and Argentina is to fight tax fraud and fiscal evasion.
Both countries will exchange fiscal information in a wide array of forms and subjects.
Jenny Phillips, Treasury Minister, told Elfinancierocr.com: "Given the current global economic reality, it is crucial to exchange tax information between countries, to be able to comply with fiscal requirements imposed by the international community".
The Government of Costa Rica will create a new Special Fraud Unit and has issued a directive to restrict settlements in cases of tax evasion.
A statement from the Presidential House reads:
The President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla Miranda said that "Costa Rica has been taking steps in the right direction to improve tax administration, not only have we implemented leading-edge management models, but we have also proposed major changes to the laws of both taxes and procedures demonstrating a clear conviction and commitment by this Administration to improve public finances with a strong desire to work on the structural failure of our tax system. "