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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.


Dentistry

Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. MuÏoz Cavallini
restored over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at: marcomunozcavallini.com
8365-5/12/15

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

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, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9059-11/20/16

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
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.

Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta javier@residencyincostarica.com
www.residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116
8964-9/17/16

 Accountants

U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers, Tax 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!
 
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion.
 
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. 

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
9026-9/27/16

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

U.S. Tax
                                                  rollover
(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
8973-9/15/16

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 $101,300 for 2016).
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 FACTA 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.
Carmichael
  Paintings
  Sculptures
  Murals
  Porcelain and ceramic
      restoration
  Works on paper restoration
  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 Weronika Nossowicz at 8388-5328  or email HERE!
A.L.H. Enterprises S.A

Real estate agents and services

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH REALTY
Century
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A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Residential sales
Commercial sales
Property management
Vacation rentals and long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
8918-1/15/17

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

Eco
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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
8991-4/17/17

Jim Day, representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club
Contact Jim Day
Email:  JimDay50@aol.com 
or Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9056-2/28/17
Our readers’ opinions
Keep drug users from difficult jobs

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I read with interest your editorial regarding the legalization of recreational drugs as this happens to be a viewpoint that I have held for years.

However, the thinking goes a little further than just the legalization and tax collection.

One of the more basic problems with drug use is it alters the perception of the world in real time. This makes common tasks difficult and sometimes impossible. Driving a motor vehicle is a case in point, but includes other areas also such as heavy equipment usage and other activities that are safe, with training, and while in control of all of ones faculties. Some of the users do not have anything resembling self control, and will attempt to perform work that is ordinarily safe but difficult to impossible when under the influence.

The tax administration is an obvious benefit to governments, and has been discussed ad infinitum, and needs no further discussion here.

But, if these substances were controlled by the state, whichever one, and administered properly, these people could be identified and kept out of jobs that affect the general public, such as bus driver, airline pilot, the list is almost endless. This benefit alone is enough to warrant serious consideration to a proposal of this kind.

Also, the price could be kept low enough to take the smugglers and traffickers right out of the business. Nearly every day we read of extremely violent acts in Mexico, as this is the portal to the biggest retail drug market in the world.

Of course there would still be a population who take their drug usage seriously, leaving them unable to perform any useful societal function, and effectively leaving them unemployed and unemployable. From that would come the remaining hard core small-time criminals, the strong arm, back alley types. Still, with modern computer techniques, these people could be identified.

I see a lot of benefits to legalizing these substances, and little downside.

For myself, I tried these drugs many years ago, and I found nothing that could replace a few beers to relax after a trying, or even a leisurely day.

Joe Sullivan
Puntarenas


Decriminalization frees cash for treatment

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

After years of reading daily articles about cops chasing around after
small and larger amounts of cocaine and marijuana at the bequest of the U.S., I never thought I would see the day when A.M. Costa Rica finally took a position on this nonsense.

The damage caused by criminalization of drugs is tiny compared to the actual harm of consumption, both to individuals and to society. So much money is spent on trying to enforce unworkable laws that little is left for education, prevention and treatment. The harder the police try, the more violent,  damaging and ingenious is the criminal response. And experience in other countries proves that legalization does not lead to increased consumption.

The formula is straight forward: decriminalize > profits removed > criminals and crime gone > police war gone > funds available for education and treatment > safer, healthier society.

It will still be an imperfect world that requires compromises, but one that
is way less damaging. This strategy is known as harm reduction. Will we live to see the day?
Gordon Martin
Quepos/Toronto


There is economic benefit to legalization

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Besides showing itself to be unwinnable, the war on drugs degrades society. For a country that prides itself on human rights, Costa Rica has sided with the world's biggest bully.  It is time to stop the hypocrisy of punishing drug pushers, most of whom are as poor as their customers. 

Costa Rica should follow the enlightened lead of Portugal and legalize all drugs, not just marijuana. Legalization would reduce prison populations, provide a robust taxable industry and enable those people who need drug treatment to seek it within the national health system. Moreover, promoting the cultivation of quality hemp of both kinds would help the economy by providing employment in rural areas that are now stagnating.

James Saxon
Heredia   

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