The Dirección Nacional de Tributación (National Directorate of Taxation) shut down last week, 18 retail business located in different parts of the country, for breach of their tax obligations.

159172_tributacion-cierre-negocios-gThe closures were for problems with late payment of taxes, not issuing proper invoices and/or billing practices and errors in declarations on tax statements.

Carlos Vargas, director of Tributación, explained that when dealing only with invoicing/billing problems, they only close the offending location, but when lateness and other irregularities are added, all the retail locations of a business are shut down.

Closed last week were: Obras de Madera Bieanz S.A. (Escazú), Bisutería Mari (Hatillo), Amadeus Global Travel Distributions (San José), Barro Barroco S.A., Bar y Restaurante Country (Desamparados) and Supermercado 24/7 (La Merced), among others.

The closures are part of “tax control activities” carried out by the Ministerio de Hacienda (ministry of Finance), with the objective of imporoving taxpayer compliance, explained Vargas