Tax agency notifying those who are suspected of cheating on returns

Tax officials are sending out emails to individuals and heads of corporations who might not have paid the correct tax last year. The agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, said it is reviewing assets of individuals with an eye to finding those who made big purchases but declared little income.

The agency said it was interested in those who had filed a zero return, indicating no income, and those who had large amounts of deductions or depreciations. Those getting the emails will have a chance to change their tax returns, said the agency.

The agency said when its workers did this last year, they came up with 160 million colons to be paid. That’s about $303,000.

The agency said it would seek out those who claimed personal expenses such as household workers as business deduction as well as those who spread income over family members to avoid paying tax.

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