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Tax-Rates-for-Strengthening-Solidarity-Housing-Programs-(ISO)
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The solidarity tax, also known as the “tax on luxury homes,” was created by Law No. 8683 on November 19, 2008 and had been in effect since October 1, 2009. The official title of this tax is the Solidarity Tax to Strengthen Housing Programs. This tax was created to fund

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Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Immigration
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The following is a list of commonly asked questions regarding obtaining residency in Costa Rica: Is it true that there are various residency categories? That is correct. One cannot simply apply for residency; one must apply for one of the many distinct residency categories our law offers. An applicant must

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The-Maritime-Zone-in-Costa-Rica
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Costa Rica is a country rich in biodiversity: forests, beaches, mangroves, and wildlife are among the many natural resources protected by the state through solid environmental legislation. The extensive coastal zone includes two oceans and extends throughout the country. The Law on Maritime Zone No. 6043 establishes guidelines the protection

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Some of you may remember the mass wedding ceremonies that we performed in February and March of 2015. At that time, we married about 140 couples with the intention of obtaining local marriage certificates from the Costa Rican Civil Registry, allowing them to avoid the hassle of obtaining a marriage

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The Immigration-Department--It-is Just Too Complicated-to Keep Up
GovernmentImmigration

Everyone who has applied for residency in Costa Rica is probably aware that while our immigration laws state that the Department of Immigration has 90 days to respond to a request, it is almost certain that you won’t receive any news within this 3-month deadline. The Department of Immigration has accepted that due to various internal issues, including a significant amount of understaffing,

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The Hague Convention is the international treaty addressing the preservation of cultural patrimony in case of global armed conflicts. The convention took place in 1954 in The Hague, Netherlands following the massive destruction of cultural patrimony during World War II. This was the first treaty intended to safeguard cultural patrimony

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Changes on the Guarantee Deposit For Temporary and Permanent Residents
GovernmentImmigration

The official newspaper La Gaceta published on September 23, 2019, the new rates for the Guarantee Deposits (Security Deposits). The Guarantee Deposit, also known as Security Deposit, is a mandatory government fee to be paid by foreigners who are granted immigration status in Costa Rica, such as Temporary and Permanent

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CorporationsGovernment

As we previously reported, the Registry of Transparency & Final Beneficiaries registry requirement for corporations is a mandatory requirement that will come into effect in September of 2019. We have compiled a basic guide of what will be required to complete the update, you can review the checklist below. Please

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CorporationsGovernment

Obligation to comply updating the shareholder’s registry for corporations start next September 2019. Here is what you need to know: Overview: The Shareholder’s registry requirement for corporations is a mandatory requirement that will come into effect in September of 2019 as per resolution N° DGT-ICD-R-14-2019 from the General Director of Taxation

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GovernmentTaxes

The CR Congress approved a moratorium for the penalties to be imposed for non compliance with the new VAT imposed with the recent tax package. Please note that the moratorium is applicable only to the penalties to be imposed and the administrative proceedings (Proceedings by Hacienda against the business or

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