Published Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tax payment deadline extended

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Deadline extended to next Monday, July 20. Taxpayers will have time to present and pay, without penalties, the tax reports whose expiration days were scheduled for this week, announced the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry, due to the widespread Orange and Yellow Alerts in the country in response to the health emergency of the pandemic, the due dates for filing forms and tax payments were postponed until next week.

Among the tax reports that were scheduled to be delivered this week were the D-155: Monthly Statement of Value Added Tax (IVA) and D-150: Monthly Summary of Profits Withholding.

According to the original tax calendar, the IVA report must be submitted from 1 to 15 days of each month. It is an obligation that taxpayers report using the online Virtual Tax Administration program, known as ATV.

This extension by the Ministry is in part to support the effectiveness of the measures announced by the government to reduce the flow of people for this week in the Greater Metropolitan Area, said the Ministry in its statement.

"Although the tax is filed through the Virtual Tax Administration, there are taxpayers, as well as firms of advisers and accountants who were not ready to prepare from their homes the information necessary to make the forms, which requires them to have to go to their business or office," said Carlos Vargas, representer of the Ministry. "Therefore, in order to support the effectiveness of the sanitary orders planned for this week by the government, the Ministry has made this decision.”

In addition, the Ministry suspended in-person office hours for this week but maintains its services enabled on its web page.

According to the Ministry, only the customs offices remain open following the guidelines ordered by the Ministry of Health to protect the employees and clients.

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