Two types of taxes easily survive Sala IV court appeals

The Sala IV constitutional court has delivered a one-two blow to expats over taxes.

In the first case, the court shot down an appeal against the nation’s corporate tax.

The petitioners argued that the law was being applied retroactively on corporations that had been formed before the tax was passed. The petitioners also argued that the tax, about$400 this year, is disproportionate.

The magistrates rejected both arguments.

The second appeal, which also was rejected, questioned why Internet purchases were subject to sales tax but not those items brought into the country by travelers. Travelers who are outside the country for at least 72 hours can bring in goods worth about $500, according to the current customs law.

The court also dismissed this appeal on technical grounds.

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