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Costa Rica has the best fourth economy in Latin America, says the World Bank
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The World Bank ranked Costa Rica as the fourth best economy in Latin America, according to the results of the latest Doing Business 2018 report published on Tuesday.

The country went from position 62 in the 2017 report to position 61 for 2018, due to substantial advances in the Ease of Doing Business indicator.

"Although its progress was only one point, it ranks fourth in the best economies in Latin America," the World Bank said.

The bank said that the increase of one position by Costa Rica is due to two factors: first, a change in methodology compared to the previous year's measurement, and second, the decline in ranking by other countries that were not able to issue legal reforms to facilitate the business climate.

"The methodology was refined for the tax payment indicator, which was expanded to include processes after the filing of a return: the processes that occur after a company complies with its regular tax obligations. This refinement of the methodology was done to adjust to the best practices, "said the World Bank.

With the change, the indicator now takes into account the value-added tax and audits of the corporate income tax.

"In this area, Costa Rica presented an advance: +1.23. Its score or note went from 67.90 in Doing Business 2017 to 69.13 in Doing Business 2018, "says the report.  "This means that, in the last year, Costa Rica improved its commercial regulations. The country is narrowing the gap with the global regulatory boundary, "he added.

The Bank highlighted two reforms made in the 2016-2017 period, which facilitated the registration of properties and the protection of minority investors.

"To facilitate the registration of properties, Costa Rica reduced the time needed to transfer a property through several measures, including the introduction of effective time limits. With regard to strengthening the protection of minority investors, Costa Rica managed to increase administrative efficiency through the enactment of Law No. 9392 in October 2016, which establishes specific protections for unitary investors and reinforces guarantees against conflicts of interest, "says the report.

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Protecting minority investors helped the country rank at a better position.

Also, the bank highlighted the point that the country has greater access to corporate information that is given before and during a trial, as well as greater access to disclosure of the requirements for transactions with related parties.

Along with Costa Rica, the economies that improved the rights of minority investors in 2016-2017 are Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Djibouti, Egypt, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The bank said Costa Rica holds good ratings in opening a business (81.65), obtaining electricity (88.21) and access to credit (85); likewise, it obtained a note of 79.32 in the cross-border trade indicator.

On the other hand, the resolution of the insolvency (34.42) and fulfillment of contracts (51.48) are two of the areas where there is room for improvement.

Crash of two trains leaves 20 people injured

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least 20 people were injured Monday night after two trains owned by the Costa Rican Railway Institute (Incofer) crashed head-on in Santo Domingo de Heredia.

The incident was reported at 18:02 at the Santa Rosa station.

According to Josué Lara, spokesman for the Fire Department, several emergency units arrived six minutes after the accident was reported and found several people injured.

"Three patients with various traumas and bleeding were under evaluation, "said Lara in a brief report he sent to the press.

Minutes later, Bomberos reported that there were already 4 patients with open traumas.

Another report said six people were transferred to the San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia. The Mexico and San Juan de Dios hospitals were also placed on alert.

Around 7:00 pm, the number of injured people increased to 20, four of them in critical condition, according to Hector Chaves, Firefighter General Director.

One of the trains, according to preliminary information, was traveling with at least 200 passengers at the time of the accident.

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This is the second time two trains have collided in less than a month.


This crash is the second one involving two units of Incofer so far in 2017.

The previous one occurred on October 2 and left 13 people injured.



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Corporate tax collection starts today
for cédulas jurídicas ending in 3 and 4
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The fine for not paying on time for either active or inactive companies may easily reach $400 a month.

Inactive corporations, in which homes or vehicles for personal use are commonly registered, must also be registered as payers of the Corporate Tax, as established in the new Law on Legal Entities, Law No. 9428.

To comply with this obligation, you must fill out the form "Declaration of Modification of Data", also known as D-140, which is available on the website of the Ministry of Finance. HERE

Yesterday, the deadline for corporations whose cédula jurídica end in 1 and 2 expired.  Those who didn't pay are subject to a fine of half a base salary, that is, $400 per month for each month delinquent.

The Vice President of the Association of Public Accountants of Costa Rica, Luis Javier Porras, explained that the dynamics of registration is similar to the renewal of license plates.

"The authorities established the calendar depending on the last number of the identity card of the legal entity; that is, during October, companies whose cedula ends in 1 and 2 will have to pay, in November it’s the turn of those ending in 3 and 4, and so on ".

"The inactive companies will be registered by the Tax Authorities as obliged to pay this tax and must submit form D-140, indicating the tax address, email and other information required, " said Porras.

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If you run a business in Costa Rica, verify the last digit of your Cédula Jurídica     

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Up to date, the National Registry has unregistered some 266,000 companies after three years of not paying taxes.

In order for them to be reactivated, they must comply with the payment of the due tax, and they must also hire a notary public who certifies the partners of the company do want to reactivate it, then publish an edict in La Gaceta and request the dissolution before the National Registry.

The collection for all types of registered companies, such as public limited companies, limited liability companies, limited partnership, collective partnerships, individual limited liability companies, started again on Sept. 2017


A website to request road signs and traffic lights
is up and running
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

People interested in requesting the placement of a traffic light (vehicular or pedestrian), authorization to place or remove a parking area on public roads, request the restriction of passage for heavy vehicles on a national or cantonal route or requesting placement or replacement of new vertical or horizontal road signs, can now submit their request to the headquarters of the Dirección General de Ingeniería de Tránsito.

This entity of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes has seven offices located in different sectors of the country.

Rony Rodríguez, Head of the Department of Studies and Designs explained that the person interested in solving some of the mentioned situations, should send the request to the closest office of the dirección, along with a note that clearly describes what they are requesting, the exact address of the site or route, name, ID and signature.

"The citizen can go to the headquarters closes to his or her canton it can be sent by email, in case the user makes a mistake, we internally give the correct procedure, but it is better if it is received at the headquarters responsible for executing the work," explained Rodríguez.

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The Dirección General de Tránsito will make a decision on a case by case basis.    


"When the request is received, we assess whether the request continues or not and so the person is notified," he added.

According to Traffic Engineering reports, from January to August of 2017, 12 new traffic lights have been installed in different parts of the country, some 2,600 vertical signs have been repaired and 3,700 new road signs have been placed, an investment of ₡ 492 million.  Online reports can be made on Ministry website Click Here

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                  Government decrees 2.43 percent hike
                        in minimum salaries for 2018

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, The National Wages Council set the private sector wage increase for 2018 to 2.43% for all salary categories.

Last week it was the turn of the Government sector to present its proposal. It recommended 2.43 percent on minimum wages and recommended an additional increase of at least 0.50 percent for housemaids.

The recommendation came after the National Salary Council evaluated the study made by the International Labor Organization called “The Application of Minimum Wages for Domestic Service in Costa Rica”, and proposed reform.

During its presentation, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Hasbum, urged the National Salary Council to simplify the Minimum Wage Decrees in order to avoid inequalities between groups of workers. That foreign recommendation has been on the table for discussion between the government and the Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development.

"We are circumscribing ourselves to the formula agreed with the private and public sector and we are recognizing the percentage of productivity that results from it," said Hasbum. "It is important to note that with this fixation we are recognizing the real growth of salaries, which adjusts to the people's purchasing power.”

Last Tuesday, the unions presented three different proposals that started at 2.43 percent and reached 4.07 percent.

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Domestic workers will get an extra 0.5 percent hike.


On the other hand, the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector, UCCAEP, proposed an increase of 2.43 percent on October 18.

The increase will come into force next January 1, it will be valid for one year and its application will be mandatory for all minimum wages established by the decree. The private sector encompasses around 80 percent of the working people of our country.



Costa Rica to host important forum on human rights

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From November 1 to 3, Costa Rica will host the meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). The meeting will include representatives from around the world.

At the international meeting, issues related to GANHRI coordination and issues about the situation of Human Rights around the world will be addressed.

The representatives come from Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Croatia, Georgia, Finland, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Togo, Mongolia, India, Qatar and Australia.

GANHRI is an independent organization that has the objective of establishing alliances to strengthen the human rights institutions.


All these countries have been duly accredited by GANHRI with status A for complying with the Paris Principles.

In Costa Rica, the group will have direct and independent access to Costa Rican diplomatic representation and to the United Nations bodies that oversee compliance with human rights obligations assumed by the members. During the meetings, participants will have access to independent information, can raise questions and suggest standards that will help
protect the dignity of all people.

As a result of the 30th General Assembly held in March 2017 in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, Costa Rica was designated as the venue for the meeting. Costa Rica
currently holds the position of GANHRI Secretariat and is part of the four countries that make up the Coordinating Committee of GANHRI of the Americas.

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The gathering seeks to promote alliances
      among human rights organizations.            


"The Ombudsman's Office has maintained an active and constant interaction with international organizations with the objective of defending and promoting the human rights of the inhabitants,” said Montserrat Solano, current Ombudsman.

The official opening will be today at 9:00 a.m., at the Radisson Hotel, in San José.



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Ticos demand punishment against street sexual harassment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A survey conducted by the Institute of Social Studies on Population (Idespo) of the National University revealed that almost 100 percent of Costa Ricans are in favor of the approval of the Law Against Street Sexual Harassment.

This bill is currently being discussed in the Legislative Assembly and seeks to establish that sexual harassment will be punishable by imprisonment of a period of from six months to two years.

Another of the relevant findings in this study shows that 80 percent of the people surveyed believe that an adult and a minor should have the right to marry

Finally, the survey indicates that 48 percent of respondents are uncomfortable having a neighbor who has been imprisoned for any reason. The figure grows to 72 percent for neighbors who were imprisoned for drug or alcohol offenses.

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A bill to punish sexual harassment is currently at the Legislative Assembly for further discussion

              
This study will be available to anyone who wants to analyze it in the Facebook profile of the National University.

Bikers refuse to pay the upcoming marchamo

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Committee of Motorcyclists (CCNM) announced on Tuesday morning its opposition to the increase in the price of the 2018 marchamo for motorcycles.

The marchamo is a yearly tax that applies to both automobile drivers and motorcycle riders.


According to the committee, the price increase for motorcycles is excessive and discriminatory.

"We are going to be forced to take the streets, we ask the National Insurance Institute (INS) and the General Insurance Superintendency (Sugese) to respond, so we can have conversations," said Eduardo Murillo, leader of the group.

The tax collection of 2018 begins today. 

The representatives of the group have called moto riders to not pay yet.

The General Superintendence of Insurances (Sugese), reported that the amount that motorcyclists must pay for 2018 will increase about 9,200 colones, compared to what was paid last time.

The increase of 15.3 percent for the 312,000 motorcycles in the country is due to an
increase of 17 percent in the accidents registered in motorcycles. From January to September 2016 there were 10,906 accidents, while in the same period of 2017 there were 12,760.

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Motorcycle users claim the tax is discriminatory


In addition, according to data from the Hospital del Trauma, 56 percent of traffic accidents involve at least one motorcycle.

As of now, the organized group does not have specific protest dates but their members said Dec. 31
is their deadline to put pressure on the government.

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Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
8995-4/17/17

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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

Summers102317.jpg U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

Marlene
                                  Summers
The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)

Tropical Homes
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
9055-2/23/17


Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
Timeshare
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

CRsolar

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?
  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
Email:   shippingcostarica@gmail.com
Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
New World Meditation: (Second Edition) Discover True Happiness Thru
Experiential Healing 
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9057-2/25/17


Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
9234-12/1/17


                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

        Insurance professionals
The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17



 
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Rica
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Municipality of Turrialba must repair several roads

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has ordered the Municipality of Turrialba to repair several roads in the indigenous communities in the Cabécar territory.

The magistrates ruled in favor of an appeal filed by Legislator Mario Redondo, of the Christian Democratic Alliance.  The appeal specifically referred to the roads in the communities of Tayutic, Grano de Oro and Chirripó.

According to the appeal, since August 1, 2014, area residents have asked
the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) and the Municipality of Turrialba to repair and maintain the roads. According to the document, the municipality ignored the request.

The court gave mayor, Luis Fernando León Alvarado, and the president of the Council, Vilma Mora Jiménez, six months to make repairs on the tracks.

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Turrialba Municipality photo      


It also ordered the municipality to pay the costs, damages, and losses caused.


New Justice Tribunals inaugurated in Jicaral of Puntarenas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The residents of Jicaral de Puntarenas have a new judiciary building as of yesterday, according to Poder Judicial.

The new property has an area of 1045 square meters and will house the Contraventional Court, Public Defense, Judicial Investigation Organization, a Criminal Court, social work area, cells, and administrative offices.

Luis Fernando Barrantes, a representative of the community, said that this building represents a dream come true.

"The history of our community has been built on the vital impulse of generations of leaders," he said.

Carmen María Escoto, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Justice, said this new building shows the commitment of the Judicial Power, to strengthen its institutions
and its presence in all localities of the country.

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Poder Judicial photo                

"Today we inaugurate a building that will bring benefits to this community, but also for all the surrounding areas of Puntarenas because they will have closer judicial offices," she said.

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.

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New decree regulates purchases among public institutions

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) welcomed a reform to the Regulation of the Administrative Contracting Law, which closes the door to the abuse that exists in direct contracting between public entities.

Last Friday, October 27, Executive Decree 40680-H was published in daily La Gaceta, establishing a series of requirements to be met so that two state entities can contract with each other.

According to the reform, in order for a direct contract to be made, both bidders must comply with several requirements, including suitability, having a market study, ensuring that the participation of the contracted entity is at least 50 percent and prove a reasonable price.

On October last year, UCCAEP, filed a complaint against the State because the government apparently had abused Article 2 of the Law on Administrative Procurement, in order to abuse the privilege the hiring of public entities.

According to the employer's organization, the government made systematic use of the exception regime, bypassing the public bidding processes, promoting agreements between public entities and maintaining exclusive advantages to the detriment of the general interest.

The Commission for the Promotion of Competition (Coprocom)  denounced the Costa Rican State for monopoly practices and provided a list of 46 contracts that accounted more than ¢ 32,400 million, between 2014 and 2016. These contracts were issued for telecommunications services, technology, and computer systems.

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                                                           UCCAEP photo

Franco Pacheco, president of the UCCAEP.



"We always insisted on the principles of efficiency, suitability, and general interest in the proper use of public resources, since that is the purpose of all open and transparent public bidding, where both private and public companies can participate, " explained Franco Arturo Pacheco, president of UCCAEP.

Pacheco insisted that, at a time when a fiscal reform is being promoted, it is essential that the management of public affairs be carried out within a framework of transparency and efficient use of resources.

Fiscal support unit will guide taxpayers in their duties

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, the Ministry of Finance and the FIDELITAS University inaugurated a Fiscal Assistance Nucleus as an way to facilitate tax compliance for small taxpayers.

The NAF offers free assistance for small taxpayers, who have difficulty going personally to a tax administration office.  Instead of being manned by tax officials, the Tax Assistance Centers are served by students who are at advanced levels of the Accounting and Business Administration education.

This is the third Tax Assistance Center in the country. In 2013, the first center was inaugurated with the University of Costa Rica and in 2015 the second was implemented at the National Technical University.

As part of the university community work, the students offer their assistance to the taxpayer on topics such as registration, modification of recorded data, updating of data, preparation and presentation of tax returns,  and payment of taxes.

The NAF is an initiative that was implemented in Costa Rica thanks to the technical and financial advice of EUROsociAL II, the European Union's program for social cohesion in Latin America.

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                                               Ministerio de Cultura photo
The new service is oriented toward small entrepreneurs who get lost in the fiscal system. It will be located at Parque La Libertad.


The NAF-U Fidélitas serves the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to
12pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the facilities of Parque La Libertad, located in Patarrá de Desamparados. The email is also available to users: naf@ufide.ac.cr.



Real estate for sale (paid category)
Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be
used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS,
 custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. 
Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   



Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

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Beaches, Houses, Condos,
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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
9145-1/2918


ReMax Playas del
                          Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
CONTACT US TODAY with NO OBLIGATION whatsoever.

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

Link to Playa Hermosa listings page HERE
Link to Peninsula Papagayo listings page HERE

Link to Playa Matapalo listings page HERE
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18
Real estate-related services (paid category)

Costa Rica Solar

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Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale
Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email cap@lightsurfer.com   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- marvama05@gmail.com -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page:  www.costarica-house.com Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9274-11/30/17


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17


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9124-4/19/17



Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
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Published November 1, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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65 job posts in medical industry waiting for bilingual candidates

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Compañía Lonza seeks fully bilingual candidates (English and Spanish) with knowledge in finance and human resources.

Lonza, a pharmaceutical company, announced that it will open a shared services center in Costa Rica to serve its subsidiaries in the Americas, for which it will hire 65 people in the next four months.

The announcement of Lonza was transmitted by the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (Cinde), an entity in charge of attracting direct foreign investment to Costa Rica.

According to information from Cinde, Lonza is a company that is among the leading and most trusted suppliers worldwide in the markets of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and special products.

The company informed, through Cinde, that for its operation in Costa Rica it is looking for fully bilingual candidates (English and Spanish) and professionals with financial knowledge. In addition, the company will hire personnel for human resources roles.

Lonza will create about 65 jobs in the country by the end of the year. The positions will mainly include accounting and finance functions.

The new Lonza shared services center will be located in Escazu.

The company said that those interested in applying for places can do so through the address http://www.lonza.com/about-lonza/careers/available-jobs.aspx.

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High tech manufacturing companies find high quality employees in Costa Rica.


The company is of Swiss origin and was founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps. Today it is a global company with more than 50 large manufacturing facilities and close to 14,000 full-time employees worldwide, according to the data provided by Cinde.

"Lonza arrives in Costa Rica thanks to our commercial opening, to our investment climate, to our human talent and to the incentives regime that the country offers," said the Minister of Foreign Trade Alexánder Mora.
.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Readers are invited to celebrate the Halloween season by entering the A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest.

Original fiction with a Costa Rica dimension will complete for the $100 top prize. The deadline is appropriately midnight Oct. 27, a Friday.

Authors may include an original drawing or photograph, but this submission will not be judged by the contest panel. Only the text will be considered.

Judges include the A.M. Costa Rica staff and established writers.

Here are the rules:

1. The submission must be original and not contain any extensive copyrighted material from elsewhere. The usual rules regarding fair use will apply. That means the author may include in the text short references and quotes for other sources. But the bulk of the story must be original. Any graphics submitted must be original.

2. The short story must contain a substantial relationship to Costa Rica.That could include actions of expats or Costa Ricans elsewhere. Or the author could describe an encounter with one of the many supernatural creatures that make up the mythology of the country. La Llorona, for example.

3. Authors are encouraged to create a suspenseful and/or scary story, and such an approach will earn bonus points in the judging.

4. Editors will make an effort to publish every short story submitted in the editions leading up to Halloween.

5. Authors are reminded that A.M. Costa Rica is read in 90 countries each weekday morning and some readers may not fully understand the meaning of Halloween, so some explanation might be needed in the story.

6. A poetic narrative will be accepted in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”


7. Authors will retain the copyright to their submission but by doing so they grant A.M. Costa Rica and its corporation, Consultantes Río Colorado S.A., the full right to publish their work in the daily newspaper, in any subsequent collection of news stories that may be compiled and anywhere else.

8. Short stories should be no longer than 1,200 words, and longer works will earn negative points in the judging.

9. The newspaper staff will seek to compile the works into a book of short stories to be published in time for Halloween 2018. Typically such books generate little income, but if there is interest from a third-party publisher, the newspaper corporation will share the majority of the resale income with the authors.

10. Authors should include a short biography that list their place of residence.
They also may make a short pitch of other published works.

11. Authors are encouraged to use their given names, but pen names will be accepted particularly from readers who have established a readership under that name.

12. Authors must state in their email submission that they agree with these rules.

13. There is no charge for submission. Short stories should be pasted into an email (not sent as an attachment) to books@amcostarica.com


The staff of A.M. Costa Rica has created this contest, in part, to showcase the many excellent writers among the newspaper readership.
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