Farmers Demanding Lower Taxes On Farm Land


Farm groups and cooperatives joined together to hold a march on 31 July in San Jose, to protest the way of collecting the tax on real estate.

The measure was announced yesterday, after rejecting a plan to reduce by 50% recovery. That decline was dictated in the Agricultural Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly on 20 June. The agro want to pay 20%.

Cooperatives and the Agricultural Sector, will face the municipalities that collect the tax.

In 2007, this tax was modified to calculate based on Land Securities Platforms for Homogeneous Zones (PVZH).

According to agriculture, greatly increased the price of agricultural land for urban areas and were assessed as travelers and tourists.

The platforms are used by a computer system.

Municipalities, meanwhile, claim that in some cantons the budget depends heavily on income from this sector. A low mean practically the closure of some local governments, municipalities reported a commission following the issue and the National Union of Local Governments.

Yolanda Acuna, Member of the Citizen Action Party, said they did what they consider a fair point, to resolve the conflict between municipalities and agriculture.

For this reason, we proposed the bill to charge 50% to lands that are devoted to agricultural use. But Alvaro Saenz, president of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CNAA), called the plan an insult to the intelligence of the farmers.

The CNAA, the National Union of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers (Upanacional) and the Independent Union of Agricultural Producers of Perez Zeledon (UPIAV) organized the march on 31 July. Yesterday joined the National Council of Cooperatives (CONACOOP) and Agroindustrial Cooperative Federation and Skills (Fecoopa).

Saenz argued that the value of the “lots type” in the PVZH was calculated based on developable properties. So he said, the first mistake was from a high value. The second said, was not following the order of law to define a correction factor based on agricultural use of land.

Jose Joaquin Brenes, mayor of Poas and spokesman for the commission of municipalities said they do not want a confrontation with agriculture, but a low of 80%, they are concerned, because many local governments depend on the income tax .

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