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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, April 28, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 84
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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.
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 specialised 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
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. 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

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica
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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


Policeman arrested on suspicion of rape

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents arrested a 38-year old man Thursday morning on charges of participating in at least five instances of rape. In one of those counts, the victim happens to be a 15-year old girl. As for the suspect who was arrested, he is a member of the Fuerza Pública.

The arrest was made during a raid by members of the Judicial Investigating Organization at the suspect’s room in Siquirres.

Investigators said that the first case began on March 14 when a man raped a 26-year old woman walking alone at 10 p.m. near the Río Reventazón. The next case happened April 4 in the same area and around the same time with the two victims being sisters, investigators said.

The last reported case occurred April 11 making all the incidents occurring on Tuesday nights with the same details as to how it was conducted by the rapist and same characteristics in terms of the scenes being isolated places. Apparently the rapist was riding in a car and threatened the victims with a gun to force them in, according to the report from investigators.

In the case of the minor, she apparently was walking with two classmates and the rapist left them in the car while he committed his crimes, officials said. In the case of the sisters, they were walking with their boyfriends and the assailant committed the crime in the same way, the judiciary said.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública issued a statement that said police officers in the ministry cooperated in the capture and arrest of their fellow officer. The ministry said that it has already filed  an application to automatically dismiss the suspect from the police force.

Officials said that the suspect entered the force in February 2010 for the Caribbean region of the country.


Platina shutdown starting this Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Remember the Alfredo González Flores bridge, otherwise known as the platina, and how it was supposed to be open by early May? That does not appear to be happening anytime soon with the new statement from the public works ministry.

According to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the bridge is going to be completely shut down again beginning this Saturday at 3 p.m. and will not be reopen until just before the morning commute at 5 a.m. Monday at the latest.

The ministry hopes that, with the upcoming long weekend due to the May Day holiday, the closing will have a minor effect on drivers.

Construction crews need to fill in the approaches to the bridge. This is the part of the General Cañas highway that reaches the edge of the bridge at both ends. Public works also said that the closure would also be used for a way to solve the sinking occurring at the three lanes currently being used.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the sinking was planned for as the work was not finished. Lastly, the closure is also being used to place the blocks that will absorb the force of traffic going over the bridge.

During the closure, the ministry said that using Ruta 27 or Ruta 3 are possible alternate routes. The latter recently completed a bridge project also going over the Río Virilla that expanded its lanes to four.

The bridgework will continue into May, apparently, as the construction for the curbs and also the sidewalk is still needed to be complete, officials said. The detour going to Alajuela will be closed at the Juan Pablo II bridge directing drivers towards La Valencia instead.

The detour for traffic traveling towards the capital will be made close to the crossing at Belén by the Ferretería EPA.


Group calls for border post improvements

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An organization representing the private sector in Costa Rica is calling upon the legislative assembly to approve a project that it said would modernize the borders of Costa Rica.

The group, Unión de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado, is referring to the nearly $100 million loan offered by the Inter-American Development Bank to improve the facilities and waiting times at the border stations.

This Programa de Integración Fronteriza was due to be approved by lawmakers April 6 but the final text was not voted upon.

One of the deputies stalled the project’s approval arguing that several Costa Rican native tribes need to be consulted first.

The private sector group fired back in a Wednesday statement claiming that the Comisión Nacional de Asuntos Indígenas, which is the official government body handling Costa Rica’s relationship with the tribes within its borders, was already consulted on this bill.

The organization noted the immediacy of a border that it claims is unnecessarily slow and costly. "In our view, this new consultation was unnecessary, as representatives of indigenous peoples had already been consulted,” said Franco Arturo Pacheco, the group’s president.

“The modernization of border posts is urgent, a necessity for the industrial, commercial sector, exporters and importers, and even for the tourism sector. The inefficiency costs the country a lot and these issues must be solved immediately.”

The finance ministry listed within the bill’s memorandum the significant delays and average time it takes a freighter, in an export operation, to cross the border of Peñas Blancas and Paso Canoas.

With the former, it ranges from two to seven hours, the ministry said. In the case of Paso Canoas, the time is around four and a half hours.

The bill was scheduled for the second debate to occur Thursday however, according to the legislature’s website, it has still not occurred. The loan, if passed, would include the modernization of the border posts at Las Tablillas, Peñas Blancas, Paso Canoas and Sixaloa.

This past week, the Nicaraguan counterpart to this organization, the Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada de Nicaragua, signed a cooperation agreement urging further action for its neighbor to the south.

For one, both groups wanted an early approval for the Inter-American Development Bank’s loan in the legislature. The Nicaraguans also would like an opening of another border crossing post between Naranjo and La Cruz.

This comes after the Ministerio de Hacienda inaugurated its new customs post at Peñas Blancas last Friday. Officials said the post sits on a former property lot held by the Municipalidad de La Cruz in Guanacaste. With the new building, all the procedures necessary to cross the border into Nicaragua can all be conducted in one place in addition to improving security for civil servants and travelers using it, the ministry said.


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