The decrease in vehicle import last year has resulted in a contraction in the tax on vehicles sales collected by the government.
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Between January and November 2017, 65,668 new and used cars entered the country, 10,227 less than compared to the same period in 2016.
The situation has caused a deceleration in tax revenues, from 8.5% in the January to November 2016 period, to 5.4% for the same period in 2017, detailed Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance).
The accumulated tax review from vehicle imports for the January to November 2017 period amounted to ¢230 billion colones (US$410 million dollars), while in the same period in 2016 it was ¢271 billion.
In 2016, taxes from vehicle imports accounted for 7.6% of the country’s total tax revenue,