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In the latest days of December a new tax applicable to legal entities such as corporations (S.A.) and Limited Liability Companies (S.R.L. or LLC) as well as to any Branch of International Companies or its representative has been approved by the Costa Rican government.
According to this new law, taxes are based on a basic salary of a government employee. Active legal entities (registered before the Taxes Authorities) which are currently registered as tax payers are subject to a yearly tax of 50% of such basic salary, which as of this date is approximately US$357. Inactive legal entities (not registered before the Taxes Authorities) will pay 25% of said basic salary, which as of this date is approximately US$179.
Taxes have to be paid during January every year. When registering a new legal entity the tax will be paid at the moment of submitting the documents to the Public Registry. This year (2012) taxes will be paid on April in a proportion to the months left in the year (approximately 75% of the tax).
This new law makes the legal representatives joint and severally liable for the payment of this new tax. Therefore, it is very important to keep all legal entities up to date.
Actions that can be taken:
The new tax law provides several temporary actions for people who own many companies and/or corporations or wish to make changes in them:
Consequences of not taking action:
The non-payment of the tax has several consequences:
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