Colombia backtracks broadening of VAT net
- May 22, 2021
The South American state of Colombia has withdrawn plans to extend its Value Added Tax net following a popular uprising.
The April Ministry of Finance VAT proposal looked to bring some basic foodstuffs into the VAT net. The country's potential VAT take is just 39% of the total supplies compared to the OECD’s average of 58% for other South American countries. The plans had included introducing VAT on electricity, water, and gas.
However, this triggered union-sponsored strikes which turned to violence, including over 10 deaths. This led to the VAT proposals being withdrawn along with plans to lower the income tax threshold.
Other measures included a wealth levy and increased dividend taxes.