Tourism minister, Solís to meet on tax

The tourism minster said Thursday that he has arranged a meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís, Vice President Helio Fallas and representatives of the country’s tax authority.

The session will be next week, said the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo in a release.

The statement said that the minster, Wilhelm von Breymann, met Thursday with Melvin Jiménez, minister of the Presidencia, to arrange the meeting.

The topic, of course, is the effort by the Dirección General de Tributación, the tax agency, to assess sales tax and back taxes on a number of tourism operations.

The tax authorities, who are in the ministry controlled by Falls, are relying on a 2006 law that says sale tax should be charged at centros de recreo, “recreation centers,” y similares, “and similar.” As far as the tax authorities are concerned, everything is similar.

Tourism operators complained at a meeting Wednesday that just in the La Fortuna area businesses owe billions of colons in taxes and are likely to close if the law continues to be enforced.

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