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Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.
U.S. Income Tax

U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant Licensed by the I.R.S.
 
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year.  Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!

  If tax payment is a holding you back, the IRS have options that can solve payment problems.  If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties. Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems.  
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion. File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements. File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17


Psychotherapy

Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
www.LucindaGray.com
New World Meditation
9057-2/25/17


Legal Services


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TAX FRAUD DEFENSE /  PANAMA PAPERS

I.R.S. Criminal and Civil Issues

Consult with a U.S. licensed Tax Attorney in Costa Rica concerning your I.R.S. Issues

Tax Fraud Investigation or Prosecution:
  * Hiding income in secret, offshore accounts
  * Investing in or promoting bogus tax shelters
  * Failing to report or hiding income

I.R.S. Criminal Investigations, including non-filing of tax returns, tax evasion, filing false income tax returns, money laundering, currency reporting requirements, offshore banking reporting requirements, false statements, and false offer in compromise submissions.

Confidential and Privileged Communication
Former University Lecturer and I.R.S. Lecturer
Harold P. Gewerter, Esq., Ltd., J.D., M.S.
Email: hgewerterlaw@gmail.com
USA phone: (702) 375-9471
CR phone: (506) 6042-7116

Associated with Carballo y Carballo, Abogados
in Costa Rica

9198-6/27/17

Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary

A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

Real estate agents and services

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
Dream Property River Click Here

www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17

Dentistry

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Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!
www.dentalservicescostarica.com

Give yourself a bright and healthy smile.  Our professional practice is geared to exceptional quality in all procedures.   We are dedicated to technical perfection using cutting-edge technology.     

* DENTAL IMPLANTS:  One of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.  Improve your quality of life, enjoy social activities with a beautiful natural smile.   Learn more HERE! 

* FULL MOUTH RESTORATION. We are experts and have specialized training of integral science going beyond the architectural design of the patient's desired smile.  HERE!  

* PORCELAIN VENEERS. achieve wonderful results to aesthetic goals for worn down, chipped, broken, discolored, uneven teeth and gaps between them. HERE! 

* PORTFOLIO please browse for information about our work.  HERE!
Contact us:
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cell: +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@dentalservicescostarica.com
Web:  www.dentalservicescostarica.com
8758-9/18/17

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17

Residency experts

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JAVIER ZAVALETA
RESIDENCY IN COSTA RICA
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
    Business/Investor (Inversionista): For those with Costa Rican business or real estate investments.
    Marriage/Relation (Vinculo): For those married to or related to a Costa Rican citizen.


WHICH OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience.
Javier Zavaleta
Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com
9071-3/19/17
9071-3/19/17

 Accountants

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica
U.S. Tax
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(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com
9179-9/17/17

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A. US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
S
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
Up-to-date FATCA news.
All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com
8984-4/6/17

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
 
Paintings    Sculptures    Murals 
Porcelain and ceramic restoration
  Works on paper restoration
Carmichael   Conservation Curatorial  services
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!
9212-5/9/17

Tropical
                              Bowl
CR Gurus photo   
Different Tropic Bowl, same teams playing.

Tropic Bowl VII kicks off Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


U.S. college and professional football may be in the off-season right now but that does not mean expats don’t have the opportunity to see a football game live.

The seventh annual Tropic Bowl will be held this Saturday beginning at noon in Ernesto Rohrmoser Stadium. The stadium is located in the Pavas district of San José, according to organizers. Athletes Without Borders, American Football in CR, Costa Rica Gurus and the Hotel & Casino Taormina in Barrio Amón are sponsoring the event.

Event organizers said that the feature game, Tropic Bowl VII, will have the Northeast All-Stars, a U.S. team labeled as semi-professional and consisting of 25 players from the United States, facing off against the Costa Rica All-Stars team.

The roster for the Costa Ricans is comprised of players from teams that participated in the 2017 Asociación de Equipos de Football Americano’s regular season. The event is free of charge.

The Tropic Bowl will also play host to an open training clinic followed by a youth and the women’s full-contact exhibition games.

The clinic includes instructions on tackling, drill, stances, ball handling, conditioning and 40-yard relay race with footballs, representatives from Athletes Without Borders said. The event is expected to finish around 8 p.m.

The group also said that the Tropic Bowl is the longest-standing, internationally friendly and annual American football event in Costa Rica. Rohrmoser Stadium is located only a few blocks from the U.S. Embassy complex in Pavas.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page HERE.


Theater cancels shows this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Teatro Espressivo, after a Tuesday statement announcing the opening of a series of plays beginning this weekend, now says that some of the shows are being canceled.

Theater representatives said that, for reasons out of their control, the first two shows that were supposed to be held this weekend and the next are canceled. These were the performances of “La Casa Limpia.”

Meanwhile, the Teatro Espressivo did say that it intends to continue putting on some performances beginning June 16 and going into July. During that time period, the theater will host artists and independent groups from the Costa Rican theater scene.

This is part of a series of performances known as Espressivo Invita, organizers said.

The public is invited by the theater to enjoy a great diversity of shows that are expected to include contemporary theater, cabaret and even a magic show by professional troupes. It represents the first edition of the festival, Espressivo representatives said in a previous statement.

“The program aims to offer the public more quality theater options, and independent groups have the possibility to present their work in a room of excellent level,” the organizers for the series said.

“The works are selected taking into account quality as the main criteria.”

Tickets for these shows cost 8,000 colons for general seating and 10,000 for VIP placements. The shows will be performed during the previously mentioned dates on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickers can be purchased every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ticket box or online at the theater’s website.

A full schedule and description of Teatro Espressivo’s shows can also be found on its website as well.


Montes de Oca bans agro-chemicals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Montes de Oca canton has become the second canton to forbid the use of agro-chemicals in public spaces such as playgrounds, gardens, parks and cemeteries.

On May 22, the municipal council of Montes de Oca unanimously approved the measure that bans chemical products like Glyphosate or Paraquat, according to a press release sent by the Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica.

The agreement also states the launch of a “hearts and minds” public relations campaign that calls Montes de Oca residents to avoid the domestic use of synthetic herbicides in schools and public institutions; it also encourages other municipalities to adopt a similar agreement, according to the statement.

“More municipal authorities study and discuss the socio-economic and environmental benefits that this simple measure represents for its inhabitants,” the document reads. “The proposal seeks to detoxify the country”.

Last April, the municipality of Peréz Zeledón became the first local government to ban the agrochemicals. 

The San Rafael de Heredia and Santa Ana municipalities are also considering a similar agreement, however, the discussions are still going on in both places.

The herbicide-free cantons were pressured by several environmental organizations such as the Latin American Union of Scientists Engaged with Society and Nature, the Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad and Bloque Verde.


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