Internet Access Will Pay Sales Tax

In Costa Rica the tax authority (DGT) interpreted that internet access should pay sales taxes (13%).

Monday, April 4, 2011

This has caused negative reactions from many sectors, for example the Technology Chamber, headed by Fabio Masís, stated that “prices are expected to increase, with negative consequences on low income users”, and that this decision violates the Constitution.

Diego Salto, tax specialist, commented in his blog at Elfinancierocr.com that the Institutional Criteria, legal vehicle used by the DGT in its push to implement this tax, is applicable only to the state, but not to taxpayers.

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Tax Exemption Ends for 90 Products

May 2012

Due to the government’s need to increase tax revenue in Costa Rica several types of meat and fruit will incur sales tax of 13% from Monday .

Among the types of products that will be taxed from now on with 13% sales tax are beef and pork loins, beef tenderloin and pork t-bone, Delmonico, sirloin, salmon, rice paella, risotto, shrimp, lobster, oysters, kiwi, plums, prunes, cherries and peaches, reports Nacion.com.

Tax Review of Basic Food Products

May 2012

Costa Rica's government has amended a decree issued last week which levies with a tax of 13% products like wheat flour bread, milk and packaged beans .

Besides the aforementioned products, others that remain exempt from the 13% Sales Tax (IV in Spanish) include tinned tuna, with or without vegetables, sausages packed in sealed plastic, and cheese packaged in sealed plastic without any degree of maturation.

Sales Tax Payments by Internet

May 2012

In Costa Rica, from June 1st, the General Sales Tax will be paid exclusively online.

From 1 June, the General Sales Tax of 13% can only be paid online via the website of Digital Taxation. The mandatory tax affects 70,000 taxpayers.

Elfinancierocr.com. explains the process:

New Tax Law in Effect in Honduras

January 2014

The recently published new legislation establishes an increase of 12% to 15% in sales tax.

The Law on Ordering Public Finance, Control of Exemptions and Antievasion Measures includes 72 foods which had been excluded from payment of Sales Tax (ISV by its initials in Spanish) among which are ribs of beef, pork, chicken, natural cows milk, pasteurized milk, whole milk powder, butter and others.

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