Costa Rica tax office closes 2 well-known restaurants

September 14, 2011

Costa Rica’s Tax Administration office closed dozens of businesses Wednesday morning for tax irregularities, including late payments and failure to report sales tax.

“About 50 businesses around the country will be closed today,” said San José Regional Director Flor Rodríguez.

Among the businesses closed are Soda Chelles (for sales tax violations) and La Criollita in downtown San José and Peppers Club in Zapote, in southeast San José. Calls made to both establishments on Wednesday were not immediately answered. Rodríguez said that on several occasions Chelles employees failed to present a bill to customers. The 24-hour restaurant is one of the oldest in the capital.

The businesses must remain closed for at least five business days, and can only reopen once in good standing with tax authorities. Soda Chelles and La Criollita have both been featured in travel guides like Fodor’s and Lonely Planet.

“On Friday, we will continue with the closures,” Rodríguez said. “We call business owners to alert them because the sanctions also include freezing their bank accounts.”

Francisco Villalobos, general director of Costa Rica’s Tax Administration, said inspectors would also visit random businesses to verify that customers receive receipts and that tax accounting practices are in order. 

The crackdown is part of the Finance Ministry’s play to reduce tax fraud and improve collection, considered crucial if Costa Rica’s central government is to reduce its burgeoning fiscal deficit. 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)
Pic of the Day
86 views
Pic of the Day
86 views

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 18, 2019

Isla Nublar, the setting for much of the "Jurassic Park" series, is unfortunately not a real Costa Rican island. Cocos…

Costa Rica holds Maduro regime responsible for diplomat’s safety
Costa Rica
12 views
Costa Rica
12 views

Costa Rica holds Maduro regime responsible for diplomat’s safety

AFP and The Tico Times - April 18, 2019

The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it places responsibility with the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro for…

Venezuela withdraws diplomatic credential from Costa Rican diplomat
Latin America
31 views
Latin America
31 views

Venezuela withdraws diplomatic credential from Costa Rican diplomat

AFP and The Tico Times - April 17, 2019

Venezuela withdrew the diplomatic credential from the Costa Rican chargé d'affaires on Tuesday in retaliation for the country’s acceptance of…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!