Opposition party wants more food exempted from taxes

The Partido Accesibilidad Sin Exclusión called on the president Monday to exempt from taxes some 200 foods that Costa Ricans enjoy.

The president’s tax plan would impose a 14 percent value-added tax on all but a few basic foods. President Laura Chinchilla is promoting the value-added tax. Now many food products are covered by a basic 13 percent sales tax.

Victor Emilio Granados Calvo of Accesibilidad Sin Exclusión said at the legislature that pastas, meats, sausages, fruits, vegetables, milk products would all increase in price under the president’s plan. Due to various laws and decrees some 300 food products are now free of tax, lawmakers learned in an earlier session. These would become subject to the value-added tax.

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