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Costa Rica rating downgrade spurs VAT reform

  • Sep 25, 2014 | Richard Asquith

Costa Rica rating downgrade spurs VAT reform

Costa Rica is to join the growing number of countries seeking to stablise their government deficits through the introduction of a modern Value Added Tax regime.

The movement to overhaul the current 13% simple sales tax has come following a downgrade of the economies credit rating by Moodys. It slipped from BB1 to BAA3. Moody’s noted the political difficulties on agreeing on a new VAT regime as one of the reasons for the downgrade.

It is estimated that the VAT reform could generate over $0.5 billion, and help reduce sales tax fraud.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is the former VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara