March 17, 2020
Costa Rica announces actions to counter the impact of COVID-19
On 14 March 2020, the Costa Rican Government announced steps it plans to take to mitigate the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. These steps include a moratorium for taxes incurred from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020. Under the moratorium, taxpayers would have until 31 December 2020 to pay those taxes without the imposition penalties and interest. The Government could extend the moratorium only once for a month.
Other actions the Government might take include:
These measures must be formally proposed and approved by Congress. They are expected to be discussed and approved soon.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
Ernst & Young, S.A., San José, Costa Rica
Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Latin American Business Center, New York
Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Latin American Business Center, London
Ernst & Young Tax Co., Latin American Business Center, Japan & Asia Pacific