New List of Products Exempt from VAT

In Costa Rica, the Ministry of Finance has published a new list of products exempt from the basic VAT of 13%.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Ministry of Finance has decided to include in the list of exemptions meats such as steaks, ground beef, sirloin tip, brisket, liver and tongue, and others.

Also exempted is honey, fish, other than those consumed by higher income sectors, such as tuna filets, cod and salmon, reported

"In this way, there is a conclusion to the conversation around this issue, in which representatives took part from different sectors of industry and commerce including food industry members, the livestock sector, hog farmers, fishing and apiculture," the ministry said in a statement according to

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Public consultation is being given to the draft reform proposed by the Ministry of Finance to the Law of General Sales Tax.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance of Costa Rica:

• Proposal is available to read at

The Ministry of Finance today made available to the public, a proposal for draft amendments to the Law on General Sales Tax Act and Income Tax, aiming to open up a space to receive observations and recommendations from the sectors and citizens interested in participating in this process, which is needed to strengthen public finances and achieve a National Agreement for Social Development.

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