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Costa Rica Tax Plan Passes First Vote

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Costa Rica’s new tax plan is one session away from approval. With its approval the Government will have the tools needed to collect the equivalent of 1.5% of GDP (about ¢ 350,000 million) in new taxes through a value added tax (VAT) and reforms to income and selective sales tax, as well as other tax changes.

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Congress Passes Tax Plan, Sala Iv Will Have The Last Word

With 31 deputies in favor and only 19 against, the plenary approved last night, at 7:51 pm, the fiscal plan in the first debate, but the Constitutional Court will decide if that Members may give the second ballot. At 7:51 pm and after 15 months in Congress, 31 deputies approved the tax plan (22 PLN, 8 and 1 PAC National Restoration). There were 19 votes against (8 Libertarians, 4 PASS, 4 PUSC, 2 and 1 FA CAP).
Solis held with MPs yesterday backed him.

If approved, the Government would have tools to collect the equivalent of 1.5% of GDP (about ¢ 350,000 million) in new taxes, through a value added tax (VAT) and reforms to income and selective sales tax, including other changes.

The votes acuerparon tax reform came from 22 Members of the National Liberation Party (PLN), eight of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), and Carlos Avendano, National Restoration.

In eight congressmen spoke out against the Libertarian Movement, four of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), four Accessibility without Exclusion (PASE), Juan Carlos Mendoza and Carmen Munoz, both of the CAP, and Jose Maria Villalta, legislator of the Broad Front.

They were not in session Justo Orozco of Costa Rican Renovation; Adonay Enriquez, the Libertarian Claudio Monge, PAC, and José Roberto Rodriguez and Luis Alberto Rojas, both of the PUSC.

With yesterday’s decision removes lawmakers grilled the record 18,261 and left to the judges, who now must determine the constitutionality of the process that received the tax plan in Congress.

The high court should resolve a claim of unconstitutionality of the deputy of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), Luis Fishman. Until that happens, the whole initiative may not vote on second reading.

The Sala IV accepted the consultation last December, according to Calzada Virginia Judge, the case could take up to 18 months to be evacuated.

Among questions and complaints. The tax plan is listed as the top priority of government in legislative matters.

The project was discussed under a fast track procedure which prevented open discussion of the 3,334 motions filed by opposing factions.

This fast track became final in December. However, constant friction and shocks generated among the deputies, the government and the internal of the fraction of the CAP.

Nuisance to defend the little space motions, led the opposition to exhaust every time they had at hand, to the point that there were about 22,000 votes of different legislative resources.

Now, with the clear picture and things in the hands of the Constitutional Court, the sides for and against the initiative are crossing their fingers that the decision of the judges were smiling.

The fraction of PLN chief, Luis Gerardo Villanueva, says he is sure of the procedure, although yesterday found procedural errors.

Still, to be consulted about the process, Villanueva said he was “shielded”.

For his part, Luis Fishman, promoter of the action that has slowed the tax proposal, said last night presented a new query to the Board on procedural mistakes and said he has another on the way.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QH7HTEJMM2W4WUPHZ676GIEFRY Bob

    Costa Rica’s problems stem from mis-management by elected officials, there are no means to collect property taxes from the roughly 4 million citizens on a regular basis, many do not even pay, and the country has no way of knowing, plus the fact that the national health system CAJA pays for many who are not even enrolled which costs the country many millions per year, there are other problems but these are the major ones…..

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