New land crossing levy continues to be a sometimes tax

The land exit tax is going down in the record books as yet another government boondoggle.

Another reader reported Tuesday that he was not required to show the receipt for payment of the $7 tax when he left Costa Rica at Paso Canoas Monday. Others who crossed into Panamá reported earlier that they were required to show the receipt.

The reader who crossed Monday said he was told that the new tax will go into effect in February. However, some expats who exited Costa Rica at Sixaola said they had to find a place there to pay the tax.

Thousands of Nicaraguans who went home for the holiday were not asked for tax receipts at Peñas Blancas. However,some bus companies are collecting the tax from passengers.

The Direction General de Migración continues to refer questions to the finance ministry, the Ministerio de Hacienda, and its Dirección General de Tributación, the tax collector.

But those agencies duck questions and workers there put out a strange press statement before leaving for vacation Dec. 20. The press statement listed those places where the tax could be paid. That information is HERE!

Meanwhile, readers continue to contact A.M. Costa Rica seeking places to pay the tax. They are being advised to pay the tax, get a receipt but to not show it until asked. The receipt would be valid for another crossing if it is not used. Eventually the Banco Crédito Agrícola will have installed credit card machines at the border crossings to issue the tax receipts.

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