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Here's 20 questions about the tax on luxury homes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A news story Monday about the tax on luxury homes that went into effect Oct. 1 has generated lots of questions. Not all of them are answered easily. Here are 20.

1. Is this a tax on Gringos to drive us out of the country.

Nope, everyone with a home worth more than about $170,000 has to pay the tax. But most Ticos do not know about it either. Stand by to watch the sparks.

2. Where do we pay it?

The Dirección General de Tributación collects the tax. They probably will ask you to deposit it in a local bank like people in business do with the sales tax and others do with the income tax. Banco de Costa Rica and Banco Popular are good bets.

3.  Where can I get a form to fill out?

Tributación promises them for this week. But there is an example on line.

4. Is this the same as the municipal tax?

No, this is in addition to the municipal tax. However, the value you report to Tributación probably will come back to haunt you at the municipal level.

5. Are they taxing land?

The original bill only applied a tax to the property right around any home. The final version seems to tax everything that is not agricultural. One reader said everyone should put a big garden in where there is now lawn.

6. Why are they doing this?

The government said it will use the money to clear the slums throughout the county. Some of the money might even go for that. But governments have a way of diverting cash to other things.

7. Is this law constitutional? After all it only taxes people with more expensive homes.

That is up to the Sala IV, but magistrates are politicians, too, so we would  bet on constitutionality.

8. Will this affect the sales value of my home?

Yep.

9. How about all those Ticos who have not been paying anything in taxes.

Their day is coming unless they have powerful relatives. The law requires them to compute the replacement value of their dwellings less depreciation.

10. How much is the tax?

See the previous story and also see the adjacent graphic for representative values. The graphic uses the conversion rate of 582 colons to the U.S. dollar, but that relationship can change.
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11. How long will the tax last?

The law says 10 years, but don't bet on it ever expiring.

12. My home is owned by a corporation. Does it have to pay the tax?

The responsible party has to register the property and fill out the forms in the name of the corporation.

13. When do we pay?

Three months worth of the luxury tax is due by Jan. 1 along with the form specifying value. The amount for 2010 is due by Jan. 15.

14. Suppose I do not pay?


There are fines and penalties, and they will get you.

15. Do I have to pay a tax on my hotels and all the beautiful grounds and swimming pools we have?

The slum dwellers will be so grateful.

16. Do I have to pay a tax on my home, which is in a beach concession?

Yes. And include the value of the concession.

17. Are the values reported by my neighbors open to public inspection.

We do not know, and the law does not say. It would be a good idea, though.

18. What is value anyway?

The traditional definition is the price that a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept when neither is being compelled. Tributación has chosen to adopt as value the construction costs for a dwelling and the ballpark comparative value of land.

Construction costs even when depreciation is figured in is not the same as value. Someone could build a very expensive white elephant and spend money they never could hope to recover on a sale. But to determine that price would require real training and access to real sale prices.

19. I live in Montana. How do I file the paperwork.

You better get someone here to help you or take a vacation here.

20. What is this story all about? Did I miss something?

You better see the news story Monday. Pronto if you own a home here.


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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's foreign minister warns that the standoff between Zelaya and the de facto authorities in Tegucigalpa is worsening, not improving.  The minister, Patricia Rodas, says the only acceptable outcome is for the clock to be turned back to the day before Zelaya was deposed June 28.  

Negotiations to resolve the continuing fallout from the military-backed coup that ousted Zelaya in June are expected to resume today. At stake is whether Zelaya will be allowed to return to power ahead of elections scheduled for Nov. 29.

Ms Rodas, told reporters at the United Nations Monday that returning Zelaya to office is the only acceptable solution.  "And what the people of Honduras demand is a return to the day before the coup d'etat — the previous situation.  We do not want another situation because then the other situation would be just as illegal and criminal as the coup itself,"she said.

Zelaya quietly returned to the Honduran capital Sept. 21 and has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy ever since.

Ms. Rodas accused the de facto authorities of "torturing" Zelaya — surrounding the embassy with stadium lights and sharpshooters.  She said Zelaya is subjected daily to psychological warfare and threats of invasion and death.

Zelaya's opponents say he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.  They have rejected his demands to return to power ahead of the next month's election.  The international community insists he be returned to office as the legitimate, constitutional president of Honduras.

Ms. Rodas laid out her side's demands for a resolution to the crisis. "So any process will have to include an end to human rights violations, an end to the siege on the embassy, the restoration of President Zelaya, return to constitutional order — to rule of law — respect for the constitution and its laws.  Only then will the democratic process be legitimate.  Any other outcome is illegal," she said.

She also urged the international community to impose targeted sanctions on the coup perpetrators, saying that would weaken them sufficiently for the Honduran people to peacefully topple the government of now-president Roberto Micheletti and return Zelaya to office.

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Laura Chinchilla, the Partido Liberación Nacional  candidate for president, has named  Alfio Piva, the current director of  Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, as her first vice presidential candidate and Luis Liberman, a banker with Scotiabank, as second vice presidential candidate. Piva will coordinate environmental iniciatives while Liberman will address economic issues.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Like most people, I prefer to not pay more in taxes.

I know that many of the folks with whom I work will be upset by, or at least interested in, the new amount that they'll be required to pay due to law 8683.

I felt that your recent article, while accurate, may have given some readers an overly-frightening view of the amount that they will be facing in January.

For a home valued at $400,000 U.S. dollars, the current amount of tax legally owed annually is  $1,000.   That works out to about $83/month. 

Under the new law, the total amount due will become $2,000.  About $166/month.  Double the old tax.  That's like buying an extra tank of gas every month.   In January one would be required to pay 1/4 of that ($250) for the time from October  to December, then again $1,000 for the time from January 2010 to Jan 2011. 

For a $1,000,000 home, the current tax is $2,500/year.  The new tax will be $5,359.

It does ratchet up for multi-million dollar homes.  If you have a $5,000,000 home here, you were required to pay $12,500 last year.  Next year you'll be required to pay an additional $23,012. That's a hefty increase:  $35,000 vs. $12,000.

I don't mean to trivialize the doubling (or even tripling) of homeowners' taxes.  I know that I am frustrated by the thought of spending more money, especially after a tough economic year.

When I lived in California, the taxes on my property there were higher.   I don't recall the exact amount I paid, but it was over 1 percent.   I did some research online and came to the conclusion that in Miami you would expect to spend about 2 percent.  On Hawaii, residential property taxes are "very low" at 0.55 percent to 0.90 percent.  Long Island, NY charges 1.9 percent.

More than the actual amount of the taxes, I am concerned about the complicated forms needed to report the property value and the potential for people to wind up with problems due to not paying enough attention to their responsibilities. 

I am also dubious that the prosperous politicians who impose this new tax will accurately report the value of their (sometimes various) residential properties. I would be interested in a story that specifically ferreted out the tax reports of said politicians.

Finally: I think that the real fear associated with this new law is based in the valuation of the properties.  Costa Rica is a country that suffers from strict laws, very loosely enforced.  People regularly game the system in the hopes that they will not get caught.  I've seen properties registered in Tamarindo at values that are 2 percent of their true market value because the penalty for getting caught with paltry valuations has, to date, been . . .  paltry.  

My guess is that the real reason that people are upset is that instead of paying $75/year on a $1,000,000 home, now people are going to have to make the tough decision to bring their property valuation into line with actual property value, or spin the wheel and face a possible 5x penalty if they get audited. 

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Arias administration seeks to tighten gun ownership rules
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry said it is preparing a proposed law to replace the one that regulates firearms and weapons permits.

A ministry group called the Comité para la prevención y control de armas and municiones is meeting today with a delegation from Guatemala to share experiences, said the ministry. The plan is to reformulate a substitute text to make more effective controls and tighter requirements for obtaining licenses to have weapons, according to the agenda.

The proposed law also will provide for marking weapons and munitions, said the ministry.

This is the first time that officials in the ministry have admitted that they want to tighten controls on weapons held by citizens. However, the security minister, Janina del Veccho hinted that the plan existed when she and other officials said Thursday that 40 percent of the weapons in the hands of criminals had come from legal sources. Most of these were products of robberies and thefts, officials said. She said she wanted to pull the permits of gun owners who did not report thefts and loss of weapons.

Increasing crime and an uneasy citizenry appear to have increased the demand for weapons permits. Such
 permissions are required to purchase a weapon and keep it in the home or office for self-protection and additional permits are required to carry the weapon concealed.

Ms. del Vecchio said that permits to have a gun were like a driver's license, a privilege and not a right. However, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 ruled, 5-4, that the possession of a gun was an individual right based in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The court struck down a ban by Washington, D.C,, to prohibit gun ownership. Chicago, which has a similar law, also is facing a court challenge.

Although the U.S. Constitution is not valid in Costa Rica, its Bill of Rights is frequently cited as a summary of universal human rights.

Those attending the meeting today, according to the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, include representatives from the ministries of Justicia, Hacienda, Salud, Educación Pública and the Presidencia. Law enforcement will be represented by the Judicial Investigating Organization and the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional. Other representatives come from the U.N. Programme for Development and the Fundación Arias para la Paz y el Progreso Humano.


U.S. radar base decision begins to draw notice from critics
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Slowly a United States decision to reopen a radar base on a mountainside in Nandayure and to sponsor a training site for Costa Rican coast guardsmen is attracting the interest of critics of Washington.

Both Prensa Latina and Telesur, the Caracas, Venezuela,-based television network, has reported on the decision. Prensa Latina is the Cuban news service.

"Although according to the leader of the Southern command these actions form part of the fight against narcotrafficking, the announcement caused concern for the renewed interest of Washington to put more bases in the region," said Prensa Latina, citing comments from Paul Trivelli, deputy commander of the U.S. command.
The news stories have been picked up here by such left-leaning organizations as the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, which has displayed a news article on its Web site. Under a box labeled "Alerta," the union asks who authorized this trampling of national sovereignty.

The radar base on Cerro Azul has been there since 1995, and it is directed toward the Pacific. The facility had been closed for several years.

The United States also is investing $15 million in a base near Caldera for the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.
Of course the main concern of Washington's critics is the access to seven Colombian military bases for planes doing anti-drug surveillance.


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Arias gives public employees time off to watch soccer game

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is nearly a holiday. The Costa Rican under-20 soccer team is playing in a junior World Cup semifinals match in Egypt, and President Óscar Arias Sánchez has given employees in the executive branch three hours off to watch the game.

Arias probably knew that not a lot of work would be done anyway.

The team advanced to the semifinals by beating the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in Egypt last week. The game should be tough. The opponent, Brazil, has outscored challengers 13-3 in five games.

The really big game is Wednesday night when the Costa Rican national team faces the United States in Washington, D.C. The United States and México already qualified for
World Cup berths by winning over the weekend. Costa Rica holds on to third place by two points. Three teams will go. The fourth will have to fight it out with the fourth place team of another division.

Costa Rica beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 Saturday night, keeping its cup hopes alive. Costa Rica will qualify Wednesday if it wins or if Honduras loses.

The United States beat Honduras 3-2 Saturday night, and México beat El Salvador 4-1.

Arias has an undefined U.S. trip in his schedule for Wednesday. He said there were some exceptions to his decree letting public employees off at noon. Police officers, Central Bank workers in charge of money transfers and some others in critical positions have to work. That includes those caring for swine flu sufferers. School directors will have the final say in their domains.



Sunday plane trip by legislator becomes the latest scandal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vice president of the legislature is at the center of a scandal because she asked the security ministry to fly her to a political meeting in Liberia Sunday.

The vice president, Mauren Ballestero, went to the province of Guanacaste to attend a meeting of the Partido Liberación Nacional. Oldemar Madrigal, the acting security minister, said he authorized the flight but he was unaware that the event was a political meeting.

The Tribunal Supreme de Elecciones has asked officials to
refrain from using public property to advance political goals.

Ms. Ballestero returned to San José Sunday evening in the same single-engine, small plane.

The trip became a news story on Channel 42 Sunday night. Monday morning el Diario Extra carried the news, and finally Tuesday La Nación.

Albino Vargas Barrantes, secretary general of the  Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, said he filed a written complaint with the election tribunal.


   
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged collective action to protect people from falling victim to the insidious and illicit trade in counterfeit medicines, a problem affecting all countries but which hits the poor particularly hard.

“We must join forces to fight this global crime for the sake of international public health,” Ban told the “Call of Cotonou” meeting held in Benin on the trafficking of counterfeit medicines.

The initiative is the brainchild of former French president Jacques Chirac, and is intended to be the first step of a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problem and persuading governments to impose tougher penalties and improve routine testing of medications.

In a message delivered by Abdoulie Janneh, executive secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, Ban noted that victims of this crime tend to be sick and vulnerable patients desperate for a cure.

“Instead their hopes are dashed by worsening illness or even death when counterfeit medicines fail to address their conditions or contain toxic contaminants,” he said.

“Globalization has brought myriad benefits to the world, but intensified international commerce, the expansion of Internet use and increasing access to technology for manufacturing and printing packages has made it easier for counterfeiters to peddle their harmful wares.”

Ban added that individuals are not the only ones who suffer, noting that counterfeit medical products undermine the credibility of health systems, waste resources and diminish confidence in the authorities responsible for public safety.

The problem is pervasive, affecting nearly all countries, but developing countries, which often lack the capacity to stop counterfeit products from entering markets, are hit hardest, said the secretary general.

“Unscrupulous counterfeiters take advantage of poverty, illiteracy and rural isolation to sell worthless products to innocent victims,” he said.

Noting that organized counterfeiters operate through international networks, Ban emphasized that only a global response can stop them. He pledged U.N. support to international agencies, drug and law enforcement bodies, the pharmaceutical industry, health professionals and consumer groups to address this problem.

The U.N. World Health Organization says it is hard to know or even estimate the true extent of the problem of counterfeit medicines. In an attempt to respond to this public health crisis, the agency launched the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce in February 2006.  The initiative aims to build coordinated networks across and between countries to halt the production, trading and selling of fake medicines around the globe.


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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 202


Latin American news
Verdict in White House case
expected today for two men

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The crime was shocking. Two bandits intercepted three female casino workers on their way home, killed one, raped the other two and then tried to kill them, too.

This happened last Oct. 28, and two suspects will learn today if they will spend much of the rest of their life in prison. Prosecutors have asked for 230 years each for the two men, identified by the last names of Mena and Mora. They face a litany of charges, ranging from murder, to rape to attempted murder.

The three women left work at the Jazz Casino at the White House Hotel high above San Antonio de Escazú about 1:30 a.m., but they did not get far. About a mile from the hotel entrance, two bandits intercepted the vehicle, pulled guns on the women and abducted them.

Yerlín Marín Salazar, 24, a mother of a 6-year-old child, was the woman murdered by the bandits. Her body was found near dawn at a traffic circle in San Antonio de Belén.

The dead woman's older sister, Arelis, 28, was found wounded in the throat at a location near the Próspero Fernández highway. A companion, Angie Peraza Fernández, 25, was found about 2:30 a.m. in Alto de las Palomas de Heredia.

Miss Peraza lost her right eye when a bullet passed through her head. Bandits thought they killed all of the women, but the two survivors provided police with much information.

Both Ms. Marín and Ms. Peraza are attending the trial and are expected to be there today for the verdict. They were key witnesses.

The two survivors were treated badly. They were taken to automatic teller machines where they were forced to withdraw money. Then the men took them to a motel where they were raped. Then they were taken to random locations and faced death. Police ran down the suspects in just a few days and located the car they believe was used in the crime in Puntarenas.

Although 40 years imprisonment is usually the limit in criminal cases, the two suspects face multiple crimes, and if they are found guilty, the survivors and their friends and parents of the dead woman do not want them ever to be on the street.




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