Two thirds of corporations stopped paying millions in taxes during 2015

By October 2015 a total of 365,482 corporations registered with taxation had not paid the tax for which they are required by law 9.024. This represents 65 percent of the duly registered organizations, nearly two-thirds.

This means an estimated ¢37,000 million that had ceased to receive public treasury and whose funds must be allocated to Public Safety for programs to combat crime. This was revealed by an audit of the accumulated uncollected tax legal persons of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR).

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The comptroller has assessed periods corresponding to 2012, 2013, 2014 and until October 2015 when the Courts declared an article of the law unconstitutional, which is about to be voted on in the Legislative Assembly with the amendment.

It is found that on average the delinquencies all those years is 55 percent, although 2015’s higher value (65 percent) is due to delinquencies increasing by 17.5 percent over 2014.

The Area Manager Financial Management, Federico Castro, explained that the millions owed were calculated by taking into account the minimum value that each company had to pay anonymously inactive during this period, which corresponds to ¢ 100,850.

The amount of delinquent corporations increased from a total of 251,162 in 2012 to over 365,000 in 2015.

No sanctions

Although the Article 6 of the law provides that the non-payment of tax for three consecutive periods is the cause of dissolution of the legal person and the cancellation of the respective registration, the audit showed that 23,476 of them were within this group for October last year and had not passed anything.

In addition, 250,501 corporations had four consecutive periods of no pay and no action had been taken against them.

Because of this, the CGR turned a provision over to the Ministry of Justice and Peace so “the appropriate actions to collect the tax due for the period 2012-2015 are made and actions on the respective sanctions are implemented for non-payment of that tax. “


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SOURCEHayley Thompson
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