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tax relief costa rica
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According to the latest guidelines promulgated by the Government, the Tax relief measures will be applicable to: a) VAT taxpayers, meaning people who sell assets or services. This includes: importers, exporters, and people subject to the simplified regime, as well as those who sell exempt assets or services. b) Taxpayer of the selective consumption

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Withdrawal from the Labor Capitalization Fund
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The Labor Capitalization Fund (LCF) in Costa Rica is similar to unemployment benefits in the United States. Employers make contributions to the fund so employees can receive income in case of future unemployment.  The general rule is that this benefit becomes available after five continuous years working for the same employer,

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Registry of Transparency and Final Beneficiaries 2020 update
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Per Resolution N° DGT-ICD-R-06-2020 published March 30, 2020, all corporations will now have until September 2020 to comply with the yearly RTFB.  But this is not the only change to the mandatory requirement, please keep reading: Ordinary declaration (yearly):  The obliged corporations will have 6 additional months to comply with the 2020 period (April to September 2020). This requirement will now

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Sanitary Vehicle Restriction by COVID-19 and the Fundamental Right to Free Transit
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On March 16, a State of Emergency was declared in Costa Rica due to the COVID-19 disease, which causes coughing, fever, and serious respiratory problems. Given this unusual situation, the Executive Power of Costa Rica, in compliance with current regulations and being responsible for protecting the lives of the inhabitants

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CP-230-2020 1 April 2020
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Measures do not restrict access to basic services. Night-time vehicle restriction nationwide is extended between Friday April 3-Tuesday April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Long-distance public transportation is also restricted, and closure of establishments holding sanitary permits and open to the public will be carried out. Home delivery

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vehicle restriction and exceptions
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Note: As informed on Friday 27th, the nationwide vehicle restriction, now runs from 8 p.m to 5 a.m on weekends and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights. Attention: Only these vehicles will be permitted in traffic nationwide from 10:00 p.m.–5 a.m.  To be enforced nationwide between 10:00 p.m – 5 a.m. Emergency,

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About the Solidarity Tax
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This afternoon, the Costa Rican government proposed applying a “solidarity tax.” The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, commented that other measures and resources available to the government will be exhausted first, so the measure would be implemented only “if necessary.” Under the proposal, a mandatory contribution would be imposed

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if I travel my status would be cancelled
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As announced earlier in the week, the President alerted that any foreign national with legal status (meaning Residents, people with Special Categories, Estancias or applications in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will automatically lose their immigration status. The summary of the press conference can be found

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legal considerations
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Traveling abroad versus losing your immigration status, is it legal? The measures declared by the Government of Costa Rica today brought to my mind some memories about my Law school days as of what are the limits the Public Administration should have when it comes to restricting fundamental rights. If

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Judicial Courts Suspend Non-essential Services
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The magistrates adopted the measure of suspending all non-essential services of the Court System, due to the health risk to which workers and users are exposed by the COVID-19 epidemic. This measure starts today, March 23rd and will last until April 13th. This means that complaints filed and unanswered prior

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