Puerto Rico – Tax reform

Puerto Rico VAT Implementation

Puerto Rico has now advanced its plans to implement VAT, with it expected to be introduced in 2016, they have issued a bill to withdraw the current Sales and Use tax. This has been implemented in line with their plans to shift from an income based system to a consumption tax based system. In order to prepare for the VAT introduction they have also risen the current SUT tax from 7% to 16% which will come into effect on the 1st of April 2015. There are several key points in the new indirect tax regime:

• The new VAT rate will be 16%
• The current SUT rate will increase from 7% to 11% on 1/4/15
• Exports will be exempt from VAT but Imports will be liable
• The supply of taxable goods or services will be subject to VAT
• VAT filings will be monthly, due no later than the 20th of the month
• There will be a facility to reclaim any VAT credits
• Will eliminate a significant number of exemptions, exclusions and the preferential tax treatment of many items.
• VAT will be imposed on every taxable transaction

The current list of exemptions are:

• Gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, gas oil and its derivatives
• Financial services and insurance, except services subject to bank charges
• Foodstuffs
• Public services
• Electricity
• Water
• Intangible property
• Prescription medicines
• Non-profit organisations
• Imports of agricultural supplies
• Imports of motor vehicles
• Hotel accommodation subject to room tax
• Equipment to assist persons with physical or physiological disabilities

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Laura Stockley

Consultant at eBiz Answers Ltd
Laura graduated from University with a degree in Business Studies, and has been working as an Oracle eBTax consultant for several years now, with both R12 eBTax and Fusion (Oracle Cloud) Tax. Focussing primarily on the tax module and its components, Laura also works on the other financial modules and understands how they integrate with the tax engine. Laura has worked on projects with multiple clients covering all aspects of the tax module including AP, AR and GL, working on everything from design, configuration, testing to support. An excellent communicator, Laura enjoys interacting with end users and relishes the challenge of resolving their issues; making tax an enjoyable experience, always.
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