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Netflix, Amazon and other digital platforms will be more expensive on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Either through the provider directly, or card issuers, Netflix, Tinder, Amazon and other cross-border digital services will add the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) beginning August 1. These are services provided by a provider not domiciled in the country through the Internet or any...

Tiger King’s Carole Baskin says late husband Don Lewis flew to Costa Rica for sex during her period

Tiger King star Carole Baskin has spoken out about her late husband Don Lewis, who mysteriously disappeared and he has never returned. The multi-millionaire was 59 when he vanished without a trace from his home in Tampa, Florida on August 18 in 1997. Lots of...

Treasury Proposes Tax Grab On Online Services

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) proposes to charge the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases of 191 cross-border online services and websites available consumers in Costa Rica. The list includes famous streaming services such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime; video games...

The ‘Netflix Tax’ Will NOT Start On July 1; Amazon To Be Excluded From The VAT

Services such as Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix, among others,  will continue without the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT), according to a report by La Republica, at least while the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) defines the list of companies to which the tax...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

Costa Rica Consumers Will Have To Pay The VAT On Cross-border Services

Sounds like something very technological. The words 'cross-border services' (servicios transfronterizos in Spanish) in the coming weeks will begin to impact the pockets of consumers in Costa Rica. 'Servicios transfronterizos' is the category by tax authorities that includes services such as Uber, Spotify, YouTube Premium,...

Netflix for Easter Week: 15 Religious Themed Movies and Series

This Semana Santa (Easter Week), if you are one of those who likes religious movies, Netflix has a list of movies and series for you to enjoy. As part of the yearly tradition, several traditional television channels broadcast these types of movies, but if you...

Oscars 2019: Roma, Yalitza Aparicio

The surprise nomination of non-professional indigenous woman Yalitza Aparicio for this year’s best actress Oscar for her role as a domestic servant in Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed Roma has been greeted as a “fairytale”. Yalitza was training to be a teacher when she reluctantly went...

Netflix Announces Price Hike That Includes Susbscribers in Costa Rica

Updated, Jan. 17. Netflix Costa Rica has reached out, informing us that person names as the spokesperson for the company is an employee, however she is not an official spokesperson for the company. Netflix Costa Rica did officially confirm the price increase as reported...

Costa Rica’s Taxman Faces A Challenge With Foreigners With Foreign Payment Options

Rico's TICO BULL - The current government, as its three predecessors, is intent on introducing sweeping tax reforms that include the introduction of a Value Added Tax (VAT) or Impuesto al Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish, that proposes to tax many items not taxed under...

Scammers Phishing in Netflix

Scammers look for popular platforms in the world for victims, the latest coming to our attention is targeting users of Netflix. The scam works this way: First, users are sent an email or text message alerting them that their service will be temporarily until they...

“Better Call Saul” Season 4 Premieres in Costa Rica Next Week

As Jimmy continues on his path towards Saul, "the funny stuff is funnier. The suspense is more suspenseful. And the danger is more scary and dangerous,” says Bob Odenkirk, the star of Better Call Saul that premieres season 4 on August 7 on Netflix...

Netflix Yes, Amazon No With Respect To The VAT

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) explained on Friday that the proposed 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods on services being processed through Congress that includes taxing online purchases would be applied to Netflix, but not to Amazon. Hacienda explained that the tax...

The Most Famous Company Founded The Year You Were Born

Making a business work over the long term is a major challenge given than the majority of start-ups fail within five years and those that do survive can struggle to make a profit. But these well-known businesses with impressive staying power, and with a...

Government Proposes To Charge 4% VAT Tax On Airline Tickets, Books and Machinery

Expected today, Thursday, is the government's final draft of its tax reform that establishes two Value Added Tax (VAT) rates -  Impuesto Sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish - one 13% and the other 4%, with the aim of alleviating the deterioration of the...

“It was never a relationship. It was just business. And sex,” Says Kate Del Castillo

“I never fell for him. We had sex,” Mexican actress and former telenovela (soap opera) star Kate del Castillo told Good Morning America about her romp in the jungle with 57-year-old. and former husband of pop star Madonna, Sean Penn. “We’re both adults, single and...

Narcos Continues Without Pablo Escobar As The Battle Turns To The Cali Cartel

A third season is a difficult time for any show. Though all of the characters and beats of the series have been well established, Season 3 still has to be different enough to engage fans while feeling like the same show. That challenge is especially...

Government Proposes To Charge A 15% Tax For Using Services Like Netflix

Intent on solving the country's current financial problems, the government today (Thursday) presented to legislators a new tax plan with the expectation of reducing the gap between expenditure and income from 5% to 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Among the most relevant points of...

Movistar Costa Rica Offers Free Music and Video

Q TECH - Mobile operator, Movistar Costa Rican (Telefonica) has launched a series of exclusive free data offers on selected music and video apps for prepay and postpay customers, reports El Financiero. In the case of postpaid customers, when purchasing or renewing their plan, they...

Telefonica In Costa Rica Launches Movistar Play

QCOSTARICA - Telefonica in Costa Rica has launched its video streaming service,  Movistar Play for prepay, postpaid and control (hybrid plan of a fixed monthly amount and user tops with more minutes in excess of agreed amount) customers. The Video on Demand (VOD) service will...

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