The system that keeps track of casinos and their tax obligations is flawed, according to the Contraloría de la República. The watchdog agency just completed a survey of the security ministry’s list of casinos and also that of the tax agency, Tributación.
Three casinos that are authorized by the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública do not appear as taxpayers with the Dirección General de Tributación. And there are 15 casinos that routinely report their income and pay taxes that are not authorized by the ministry, as the law requires, said the Contraloría.
The agency asked the ministry to make a quick census of casinos that operate in the country and make sure they have the requirements to be in business. Tributación was asked to create a list of casino taxpayers using the ministry list and that of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.
That the casinos are not on the tax agency’s list may not mean that they do not pay taxes, just that they do so under other names.