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What operations would benefit from lowering the rate?

What operations would benefit from lowering the rate?

The Government announced that if the Bases law is approved, the rate of the PAIS Tax will be reduced by 10 points. The measure would reduce the cost of imports but could affect local production and revenue.

The PAIS tax became one of the most significant taxes for the National State.

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The Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, announced that it will roll back the PAIS tax rate from 17.5% to 7.5% when the Bases law is approved, a decision that would lower the cost of imports but could negatively affect national production and revenue. The rate would be the same as that in force in December 2023 when Javier Milei assumed the presidency.

It is worth remembering that in recent months this tax became one of the ones that contributed the most resources to the coffers of the National State, along with the traditional VAT, Profits and Social Security Contributions.

The details of the operations that must pay the PAIS Tax are as follows:

  • Purchase of foreign currency for savingsincluding traveler’s checks.
  • Purchase of foreign currency to pay obligations for: acquisition abroad of personal, cultural and recreational services (does not include educational teaching), or its acquisition in the country when provided by non-residents; import of goods, as long as they are not exempt; acquisition abroad or in the country (provided by non-residents) of the services indicated in Annex II of Decree 99/2019, and acquisition abroad or in the country (provided by non-residents) of freight services and other transportation services for import or export operations of goods.
  • The purchase operations of banknotes and currencies in foreign currency for the repatriation of non-resident portfolio investments generated from collections in the country of profits and dividends received after September 1, 2019
  • Subscription in pesos of bonds or securities issued in dollars Americans by the Central Bank, for those who have debts for imports of non-exempt goods with registration of customs entry or import of services until December 12, 2023, inclusive.
  • Subscription in BOPREAL pesos or those bonds or securities that the BCRA issues in the future with the same purpose for the payment of profits or dividends and repatriation of non-resident portfolio investments generated in collections in the country of profits and dividends received as of September 1, 2019
  • Foreign currency exchange carried out by financial institutions on behalf of and by order of the acquirer, tenant or borrower.. It will apply to currency exchanges intended for the payment of goods or services abroad that are paid with credit cards, purchase cards, debit cards or any other equivalent means of payment, including withdrawals or cash advances made in the outside. Also included are purchases in foreign currency that are made from portals or virtual sites or any other modality.
  • Foreign currency exchange carried out by financial entities on behalf and by order of the contractor residing in the country. It will apply to currency exchanges that are intended to pay for services provided by non-residents in the country that are paid with credit, purchase, debit cards or any other equivalent means of payment.
  • Payment for services abroad hired through travel and tourism agencies in the country.
  • Payment for passenger transportation services to destinations outside the country. Those who contract, in the country, land transportation services for passengers to neighboring countries must not pay the tax.

Source: Ambito

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