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Options for Real Estate Subdivision in Costa Rica

Options for Real Estate Subdivision in Costa Rica

Various options for real estate subdivision are available in Costa Rica, including the following most common forms of property co-ownership. 1. Condominiums 2. Agricultural pa

New Capital Gains Tax in Costa Rica

New Capital Gains Tax in Costa Rica

Legal Ease: New Capital Gains Tax in Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s Law #9635 created a capital gains tax of 15 percent, which applies to all investment income and real estate. Th

Legal Ease: Costa Rican Tax Reform FAQs

Legal Ease: Costa Rican Tax Reform FAQs

Legal Ease: Tax Reform FAQs.  On July 1, 2019, major Costa Rican tax reforms went into effect nationwide. Lack of adequate government information beforehand has led to quite

Corporation Basics: Benefits and Obligations

Corporation Basics: Benefits and Obligations

Corporation Basics: Benefits and Obligations.  Do you own property or a business in Costa Rica? If so, is it registered to you personally or your corporation? Why does it mat

Legal Ease: Changes to the VAT in Costa Rica

Legal Ease: Changes to the VAT in Costa Rica

  Legal Ease: Changes to the VAT in Costa Rica.  As covered in previous Howler articles about the ongoing implementation of tax reforms in Costa Rica, the Value Added Ta

Legal Ease- VAT Changes Coming Soon for Rental Leases

Legal Ease- VAT Changes Coming Soon for Rental Leases

Legal Ease- VAT Changes Coming Soon for Rental Leases. Tenants and Owners: This Change Affects YOU!  Effective in July 2019, with the approval of Costa Rican law 9635, a majo

Tax Newsflash: Mandatory Shareholders Registry Coming Soon

Tax Newsflash: Mandatory Shareholders Registry Coming Soon

Tax Newsflash: Mandatory Shareholders Registry Coming Soon.  Costa Rica’s new legal requirement for mandatory disclosure of corporate shareholder information has been postp

Tighter Controls in Force – SUGEF Oversees More Economic Activities

Tighter Controls in Force – SUGEF Oversees More Economic Activities

Tighter Controls in Force – SUGEF Oversees More Economic Activities.  Stronger laws to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism in Costa Rica now apply to a w

Real Estate in Costa Rica – Legal Ease

Real Estate in Costa Rica – Legal Ease

Real Estate in Costa Rica – Legal Ease: Unlike in some countries, land ownership in Costa Rica is permitted without any requirement for citizenship, residency or perman

Legal Ease- Is Your Builder Responsible?

Legal Ease- Is Your Builder Responsible?

 Your beautiful new Costa Rican home was finally built and you settled in a while ago. Everything turned out great, so now you can kick back and enjoy your perfect space. The

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