Liquor licenses produced little income, study says

The vendors of alcohol paid on the average in 2010 just 121,818 colons each for their business license. That’s about $240.

The Contraloría General de la República reported that this is insignificant income for municipalities. The watchdog agency said that the legislature should consider reforming the law that covers alcohol sales. There are several existing bills that should be put into one, said the Contraloría.

The study covered 33 local governments and the way they award and maintain liquor licenses. The Contraloría said that the payments for the patentes or business license was not proportional for the income that the retail operators make. Of course, such companies and individuals also collect sales tax.

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