Reform would expose tax dodgers

April 26, 2012

Broad Front Party lawmaker José Maria Villalta presented a law reform to disclose names and debts owed to the Tax Administration.

The initiative is supported by all Legislative Assembly parties and even by the Executive Branch, in a bid to promote fiscal transparency.

The motion of the Broad Front Party introduces a reform to Article 115 of the “Code of Tax Regulations and Procedures,” related to the use of information. Under the reform, “information about the names of individuals and legal entities that have tax debts to the Tax Administration, and the amount of such debt, will be publicly accessible.”

The motion also empowers the Tax Administration to publish lists of persons or companies that have not submitted tax declarations, and those engaging in economic activity without registering as taxpayers. Currently, the law considers that information as secret and penalizes disclosure.

Next steps include a discussion of the motion among lawmakers in the Legislative Assembly.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
100 views
sports
100 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1202 views
Environment and Wildlife
1202 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…

Costa Rica’s guilty voters
No Sugar Please
168 views
No Sugar Please
168 views

Costa Rica’s guilty voters

Álvaro Murillo - May 25, 2018

By what I have done, and by what I have left undone. A relative of mine is 70 years old…