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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New VAT System Too Complex


Caribbean Business

Puerto Rico Treasury Secretary Juan Zaragoza has his hands full these days
as he is trying mightily to explain the reasoning behind Gov. Alejandro
García Padilla's new tax reform, which calls for a transformation to a value-
added tax (VAT, or IVA by its Spanish acronym) system. Zaragoza's job
couldn't be more difficult as the measure is drawing the broadest opposition
that this newspaper has witnessed in a long time.

Important mayors belonging to the incumbent governor's Popular Democra-
tic Party (PDP), such as those of San Juan, Caguas and Mayagüez, as well as
former PDP Govs. Rafael Hernández Colón and Aníbal Acevedo Vilá have
come out against the VAT proposal; their voices of dissent are joined by
leaders from the opposition...[CONTINUE READING]

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