November 18th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) The General Taxation Department will begin visiting stores, bars, restaurants and other businesses in Heredia, Alajuela and San Carlos in the next few days.
The program is part of the government’s initiative to ensure businesses are meeting their tax obligations, and will be carried out Monday through Sunday, during the rest of November and December.
A total of 2,418 establishments will be visited, in order to check their status in the Tax Administration Information System (SIAAT, in Spanish), check back taxes owed, as well as non-compliance or omissions in tax declarations or statements.
Invoices, credit card machines, Health Ministry permits, and commercial licenses will be reviewed as well.
Ronald Solorzano, from the tax department, explained that business owners are required to provide any information requested or face fines of more than 700,000 colones. Businesses found to be in non-compliance of their tax obligations will be given a grace period to voluntarily correct the situation.