Category Taxation in South America

Tax Revenues Rise 24.4% in Argentina

November 2, 2016 Taxation in Argentina

Tax revenues in ArgentinaBUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s inflation has continued to see double-digit jumps in tax collections, although the improvement may be attributed the country’s sky-high inflation levels.

New information released by the tax authority of Argentina Administración Federal de Ingresos Publicos (AFIP) shows that over the 12 months ending October 2016, the level of tax revenues collected rose by 24.4 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2015.

Over the 12 months tax authorities collected a total of ARS 167.196 billion, compared to the last year’s 12 month total of ARS 134.417 billion.

The significant rise in tax collections is not the highest seen over the course of the year, as total tax collections for the 12 months ending September 2016 were 30 percent higher than in the previous year.

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Cuba Looks At Social Security Contributions

September 7, 2016 Taxation in Cuba

HAVANA – For the first time in 50 years government workers in Cuba will pay a social security contributions.

In a recent publication the Cuban national newspaper Granma revealed that government workers in the country will soon begin paying Special Contribution to Social Security (CESS).

The new social security contribution will be levied at a rate of 5 percent for any government workers earning in excess of CUC 500 per month (approx. 18.87).

It is expected that as many as 1.5 million employees will be effected by the new levy.

The CESS would be taken directly from the wages of the employee, instead of accumulating over time to be paid annually.

The funds raised from the CESS are intended to be used to cover the cost of the country’s social security system, which already supports 1...

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Mexico’s Calorie Tax Reduces Consumption

July 6, 2016 Taxation in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s tax on calorie-rich foods appears to have influenced consumers’ shopping behavior, though it is not yet clear if it has improved their diets.

On July 5th the medical journal PLOS Medicine published a new article claiming that taxes on energy dense foods in Mexico led to a reduction in the purchase and consumption of such foods.

In 2014 the government of Mexico enacted a tax of 8 percent on the sale of non-essential foods with more than 275 calories per 100 grams, a move that was aimed at curbing the excessive consumption of snack foods, chips, pastries, and other foods deemed to be unhealthy.

Overall the consumption of the energy-dense foods declined by 25 grams per capita per month, equivalent to a 5.1 percent drop in consumption, compared non-taxed foods.

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Argentina Approves Tax Amnesty

June 30, 2016 Taxation in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES – The government of Argentina hopes that a newly approved tax amnesty will help pay for years of unpaid pension payments.

In a vote held on June 29th the Senate of Argentina approved a new temporary tax amnesty programme aimed at boosting tax revenues and to repay owing debts to pensioners.

The tax amnesty will allow taxpayers in Argentina to declare their previously hidden assets and funds, in exchange for lowered penalties and fees.

In order to participate in the programme, taxpayers will not only need to declare their assets, but also either make a cash payment to the government or buy bonds or make an investment which would benefit the country over the long-term.

It is expected that the declared assets will be taxed at a rate of up to 15 percent.

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Mexico’s Sugar Tax Sees Success

January 8, 2016 Taxation in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Despite previous doubts, Mexico’s sugar tax has reduced the consumption of sugary drinks in the country.

The sugar tax recently enacted in Mexico has been shown to have had a positive effect on consumer spending habits, with consumption of sugary beverages having fallen since the measure was put into force.

In 2014 Mexico introduced a tax of 10 percent on the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks, a move which placed Mexico at the forefront of countries introducing tax measures aimed at reducing the consumption of unhealthy foods.

According to the results of the study, the tax led to a 6 percent reduction in the sale of sugary drinks, compared to the average level of sales of the previous two years.

Further, in 2015 the level of sales was 12 percent lower than the previous level...

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