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The Corporations Tax Is On. Legislators Approve Bill In Second And Final Debate.

The Corporations Tax Is On. Legislators Approve Bill In Second And Final Debate.

Q COSTA RICA – On Thursday, March 16, legislators approved in second and final debate the “tax on corporations” bill. Thus, owners of corporations, starting in July, must start paying the tax and continue to be liable for any accumulated debt of the previous law. When will the law take effect? Following Thursday’s approval, the […]

Legislators Get Constitutional Green Light To Revive ‘Corporations Tax’

Legislators Get Constitutional Green Light To Revive ‘Corporations Tax’

Q COSTA RICA – The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly known gave the green light to the legislative bill to revive the ‘corporations tax’. The Court said it found no procedural or substantive defects (errors). The vote was unanimous. The Court decision followed a consultation by legislator Otto Guevara, who opposes […]

Jail For Killing A Bird or A Fish? Constitutional Court Says It’s Irrational!

Jail For Killing A Bird or A Fish? Constitutional Court Says It’s Irrational!

Q COSTA RICA – For the second time, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV found problems of constitutionality in the Animal Welfare bill, a piece of legislation that seeks to get tough on animal abuse. On Wednesday, by a majority, the magistrates declared ‘irrational’ the decision of legislators to impose fines and jail sentences on […]

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

(QCOSTARICA) President Luis Guillermo Solis announced his government will not take action against Uber until the courts have resolved a number of issues regarding open competitition in the taxi industry. Solis explained that the Constitutional Court and the Contentious Court (Sala Constitucional and the Tribunal Contencioso) need to resolve several filings proposing to remove the […]

Taxation Cannot Demand Prepayment Of Penalties and Interest on Audits, Court Rules

Taxation Cannot Demand Prepayment Of Penalties and Interest on Audits, Court Rules

(QCOSTARICA) A declaration of unconstitutionality has been given to the section of the tax code that allowed the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury) to demand payment of penalties and interest allegedly owed on taxes. In effect, the Court ruling put the brakes on the outlandish idea on the part of lawmakers putting the proverbial cart before […]

Supreme Court Rents Office Building At ¢55M Monthly or ¢2M A Day!

Supreme Court Rents Office Building At ¢55M Monthly or ¢2M A Day!

QCOSTARICA – It pays to be a landlord in Costa Rica, especially when your tenant is the government. In this case, the Constitutional Court signing a 12 year lease paying some ¢55 million colones monthly. The office building “Impala” is located in Sabana Sur will house 160 officials of the Court, that will be moved […]

Father Goes To Jail For Third Time For Child Support Debt

Father Goes To Jail For Third Time For Child Support Debt

(qCOSTARICA) Jorge Pita, 70, today sits in a jail cell in La Reforma prison, for the third time in the past 18 months, for failure to pay support to his estranged wife, child support and tuition fees at a private school for his 11-year-old daughter, amounting to ¢10.8 million colones. The first time Pita was […]

Senior ICE Employee Complains Of Mistreatment: Nothing To Do All Day For Almost A Year

Senior ICE Employee Complains Of Mistreatment: Nothing To Do All Day For Almost A Year

(QCOSTARICA) An ICE official, with 37 years seniority and currently holding a senior position with the state power and telecom agency, has resorted to the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional) with the claim that he is not being given any assignments, provoking him anxiety and depression. According to the complaint, the official of the Instituto Costarricense […]

Traffic Official Exempt From Working Saturdays

Traffic Official Exempt From Working Saturdays

(QCOSTARICA) Paúl Rivera Núñez is a religious man. He is also a traffic official (oficial de la Policía de Tránsito).  Working at the Cartago delegation, he has a different work schedule than the rest of his co-workers, he does not work on Saturdays due to his religious beliefs. Facing dismissal last month, Rivera decided to […]

Hospital Mexico Ordered To Solve The Waiting List Problem

(QCOSTARICA) The Constitutional Court of Costa Rica (Sala Constitucional) gave the Hospital Mexico three months to solve the waiting list for  catheterization procedures. The Court ordered the head of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), Maria del Rocio Saenz and the institution’s medical director, Maria Eugenia Bonilla Villalta, as well the hospital’s director, Douglas […]

Cement Company Wins Case Against Government

Cement Company Wins Case Against Government

(QCOSTARICA) It was four years ago when the government of Costa Rica revoked its operating permits, but today, thanks to a ruling from the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional), Cementos David can resume operations. According to the Court ruling, the highest constitutional body in the country, the illegal action by the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo forced the […]

Corporations Tax Could Be Revived, But Not Until Spending Cuts Occur Says Opposition

Corporations Tax Could Be Revived, But Not Until Spending Cuts Occur Says Opposition

(QCOSTARICA) Reviving the tax on corporations is a goal by President Luis Guillermo Solis, says La Republica, who confirms that the President wants to send a bill to the Legislative Assembly. The government wants to use the money (revenue), an estimated ¢50 billion colones, to improve public security and expand the prisons. The opposition, however, […]

Constitutional Court Sides With Inmate Who Refused To Be Transported In Handcuffs and Shackles

Constitutional Court Sides With Inmate Who Refused To Be Transported In Handcuffs and Shackles

QCOSTARICA – The magistrates of the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional) proved right an inmate of the La Reforma prison, who refused to be taken to a medical appointment in handcuffs and shackles. File no. 15.-002477-007-CO indicated that the inmate refused to be mobilized in this way, missed his appointment and filed an action with the […]

Immigration Has 6 Months For Databases Working In Conjunciton With The Judiciary

Immigration Has 6 Months For Databases Working In Conjunciton With The Judiciary

QCOSTARICA – It may not have happened to you, to anyone you know, at the airport and finding yourself with a restriction from leaving the country, an “impedimento de salida” in Spanish. One man, facing this situation, filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court saying his personal freedom and his right to travel freely were […]

Nicaraguan Man Jailed In Error Freed

Nicaraguan Man Jailed In Error Freed

QCOSTARICA – Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name.” A hapless Nicaraguan can tell you that freedom is sometimes the cost.  Even with two last names in Spanish, he found himself spending a year and five months in prison, mistaken for a fugitive. The Nicaraguan was arrested at a police checkpoint after police confused him with […]

Collection of Tax Liabilities Upfront

Collection of Tax Liabilities Upfront

QCOSTARICA – The Attorney General’s Office  (Procuraduría General de la República) is recommending to the Constitutional Court that it reject the appeal which seeks to outlaw the power of the taxation department to proactively collect tax debts. The appeal to the Constitutional Court (or Sala IV)  by a group of taxpayers is still under consideration […]

Divulging Visitor List To Casa Presidencial is “Highly Prejudicial To Nation’s Security

Divulging Visitor List To Casa Presidencial is “Highly Prejudicial To Nation’s Security

QCOSTARICA – Making the visitors list to Casa Presidencial (Government House) is “highly prejudicial to the public interest and national security”, says the government’s legal director, Marvin Carvajal, in denying a request by Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) legislator, Rolando González. Carvajal, in his reply to the legislator’s “recurso amparo” (appeal to the Constitutional Court or […]