United States

Puerto Rico: Proposal to Repeal VAT Approved by Legislature

May 09, 2016
From KPMG TaxWatch

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Legislation (“substitute bill” 2032, 2838, 2839, 2840") that would repeal the value added tax (VAT) regime adopted in 2015 has been approved by both houses of Puerto Rico’s legislature. The VAT is currently scheduled to become effective June 1, 2016. On May 2, 2016, Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives voted in favor of the legislation and the Senate likewise approved the bill on May 5, 2016. It should be noted that all lawmakers present and voting were in favor of the VAT repeal.

The governor of Puerto Rico will have 10 days to sign or veto the bill, or it will become law. If the bill is vetoed, the legislature can resubmit the bill for a vote. If 2/3 of the members of each chamber approve the bill, it will become law. The governor has publicly stated his opposition to the bill and said that he intends to veto the legislation.

For more information on the progress of the bill, please contact Leah Durner at 202-533-5542 or Carlos A. Molina at 787-622-5311.

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