One of the most common sayings here in Costa Rica is “it is what it is.” In many ways it is commendable that the government is almost in a panic about the country’s debt. After all, look at the “civilized” and “efficient” ways that larger industrial nations are dealing with their problems.
However, it would be more prudent if the government actually figured out ways to collect the taxes once they are in place. Does the present administration think that new taxes will automatically be deposited in the nation’s coffers just because they are different?
Everyone knows that one of the popular pastimes in the country is evading sales and real estate taxes. From the higher powered attorneys to the smallest soda, nearly everyone admits that they do not pay all of their taxes.
Would it really be THAT difficult to enforce the taxes already in place?