Tourism chamber to fight sale taxes

The national tourism chamber is expected to announce today that it will take legal action to prevent the imposition of sales tax on some activities.

The chamber, the Cámera Nacional de Turismo said that the industry is seriously threatened by a ruling by the nation’s tax collectors that the chamber calls illegal.

The tax agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, has ruled that a 2006 law gives it the right to tax activities at centers of recreation or similar. The agency has not done so in the past.’

In fact, the agency has expanded the interpretation to cover any paid tourism activity where the vendor maintains a fixed location. That is done based on the word similar in the law.

The chamber says this jeopardizes the finances of many tourism operations.

The chamber has scheduled a press conference today to outline its legal strategy.

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