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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Mario Brol Samayoa has been convicted of money laundering, tax fraud, special case of tax fraud and customs fraud.
According to investigations by the Prosecutor, Brol Samayoa exported gasoline to countries such as Taiwan, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, without paying Value Added Tax (VAT). "Because of this fraud the government failed to receive $91 million," according to the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) ".
The dismantling of the network of corruption at the highest level of the taxation system shows the validity and the necessity that Central America has for having bodies such as the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.
Guatemalan business leaders have been talking about the matter, after the release of the CICIG updates which shed light on a group of criminals who, from the highest level of customs administration, engineered smuggling and tax fraud in the country. See: "Customs Fraud Network in Guatemala".
Fraud charges could be brought with imprisonment of up to five years for employers who do not regularize their tax situation.
The warning was made by the administrator of the National Revenue Authority (ANIP), Luis Cucalón. "The 1970 tax law says this type of fraud is punishable by multiples of unpaid tax or imprisonment up to five years," said the official.
President Perez Molina has announced he will be making a request to extend until 2017 the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in the country.
From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:
President Otto Perez Molina has announced the decision of his government to ask the United Nations for a new mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) so that it will continue in office until 2017.