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Further clarification on the Solidary Tax on property in Costa Rica

Written by Yalile Alpizar, President of Costa Rica Leading Estates in San Jose, Costa Rica

Important clarifications and warnings regarding the Solidary Tax (Impuesto Solidario) or tax to luxury homes in Costa Rica

The Solidary Tax includes land and construction values as part of the calculation of the new tax to luxury homes.  After further clarifications with the Ministerio de Hacienda, and differently from what has been said in several articles and interviews from different media, the Solidary Tax includes the value of the land and constructions as part of the calculations of this new tax to luxury homes in Costa Rica.  There has been some general confusion around this issue mainly because people who own vacant land in luxury locations, luxury gated communities and resorts, were also confused if their land (without constructions on it) would be subject to the new tax, but it is not.  On the other hand the Articles 3 and 4 of the law are not clear enough in that respect.  For this reason, the example of how to calculate the luxury tax without including land value, provided in a previous release, is not applicable.

If you own a luxury property in Costa Rica or plan to own one in the future, and the property has or will have constructions for housing purposes on top, it is important that you are aware of the following:  Read the rest of this entry »

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