Sala IV faults way in which tax plan won approval

Without making a decision on the contents of President Laura Chinchilla’s tax plan, the Sala IV constitutional court has ruled that the process by which the measure passed through committee and ended up being approved in an initial vote was unconstitutional.

The Poder Judicial announced the decision Tuesday afternoon. The decision means that the Asamblea Legislative will have to start all over again to consider the measure which seeks to impose a 14 percent value-added tax among other levies.

The decision by the magistrates was unanimous. The summary of the decision said that there were problems with the the procedure. The summary cited the fact that the president of the special legislative commission considering the bill extended the life of the body without approval of the full legislature.

The magistrates also noted that amendments approved in the special commission were done without publication.

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