Measure exempting tips passes again in legislature

As expected, lawmakers have passed on second and final reading and sent to President Laura Chinchilla a measure that would exempt the obligatory restaurant tip from income tax. The proposed law seeks to override a Sala IV constitutional court decision in 2009 that said the tips were taxable.

Waiters, waitresses and restaurant operators said that this would be an economic blow, in part because the operators would have to pay a Christmas bonus and monthly social charges on the tips.

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