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tax incentives

The Free Trade Zone Regime is the mainstay of Costa Rica‘s export and investment promotion strategy. It is a set of incentives and benefits granted by the Costa Rican government to companies making new investments in the country and it provides tax incentives.

Companies that may apply for the Free Trade Zone System Regime:

EXPORT SERVICES Companies

50% of services must be exported

Scientific
research firms

Either companies or organizations

Strategic sectors or companies

Outside the Geater Metropolitan Area

Significant
suppliers

40% of sales to FTZ companies

List of incentives granted:

Costa Rica´s tax incentives and benefits are standardized. They apply to any and all companies according to their operation, so there is no need for negotiation on a per case basis. In addition, entities wishing to set up operations in areas outside the Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA) can enjoy greater benefits. Discover the option according to your needs.

All Sectors:

100%TAX EXEMPTION:

No expiration period

  • Custom duties on imports/exports
  • Withholding tax on royalties and fees
  • Interest income
  • Sales tax on local purchases of goods/service
  • Stamp duty

10 year period*

  • Property Transfer Taxes

*NOTE: The 10 year period will start after the 3-year grace period is over or when the company starts operations, whichever comes first, but the benefit will be granted immediately upon approval of FZ Regime.

SERVICE PROJECTS & MANUFACTURING PROJECTS*

*NOTE: Manufacturing companies with an investment that exceeds US$10 million and 100 employees, established under the Free Trade Zone Regime.
For smaller manufacturing operations, companies will pay a preferential 6% income tax rate for 8 years and 15% for another 4-year period (statutory income tax 30%).

first 8 year period100%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION
Following 4 year period50%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION

In all cases, multiple additional 8-year renewals periods may be granted if significant reinvestment is made.

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All Sectors outside the GMA:

100%TAX EXEMPTION:

No expiration period

  • Custom duties on imports/exports
  • Withholding tax on royalties and fees
  • Interest income

  • Sales tax on local purchases of goods/service
  • Stamp duty
first 12 year period100%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION
Following 6 year period50%INCOME
TAX EXEMPTION

NOTE: Companies with an investment that exceeds US$10 million and 100 employees, established under the Free Trade Zone Regime. Additional 12-year renewal may be granted if reinvestment is made (statutory income tax 30%)

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Industrial Parks and Free Zones in Costa Rica:

The country offers a wide variety of industrial parks and office centers, both within and outside of the Greater Metro Areas, with features that offer the right conditions to your business. These are some of the options available.



MANUFACTURING PARKS

SERVICES PARKS

CR Green Valley

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Business and Technology park

A solution for business competitiveness in the western region of the Central Valley

CR Green Valley -CRGV-, brings a national solution with strategic location for technology companies with high added value, that find in Costa Rica special conditions for their global operations.

CRGV is a novel proposal located in the country`s best region, with the best climate, exceptional human resources and with excellent infrastructure conditions in electricity, telecommunications and roads, making it an ideal site for environmentally friendly companies.

Quick access - just in time location and in the heart of the west of the Central Valley

Its strategic location offers a solution that is equidistant to all major towns in the Western Region of the Central Valley.
Access from the Bernardo Soto highway for public bus services from the different towns, as well as for other means of transportation, make this project a quick access- just in time solution, with a direct impact on improving business and worker´s productivity, on account of a timely arrival without the delays typical of other regions. Both on the inside as on its perimeter, the project will have access to the different modules, offering expedited and secure flow both for pedestrians as for the different means of transportation.

Close access from the main towns make the maximum transfer time to the park to be 20 minutes for those workers moving from the furthest point.

A differentiated model unique in the country

A comprehensive solution set under the concept of mixed-use development or multiple developments with an innovative and unifying real state typology, all in one location.

In an area where displacement should be avoided, CRGV is distant from urban crowding and large conglomerations but, at the same time, “far away and close enough” to the metropolitan area. This proposal is aimed to the business sector and to those people who want an ECO-ENVIRONMENTAL development with access to work, shopping and recreational activities all in the same place.

In Park Solutions - Los Caobas -

Los Caobas is a condominium of lots that provides a solution to companies either in a free trade zone or out of a free trade zone.

Characteristics:

- 13 subsidiary parcels in condominium.

- Located on highway number one at the intersection with the entrance of Grecia.

- Suitable for companies of Shared Services that require vertical development.

- Easy access from Main Boulevard of CR Green Valley.

- Electricity, telecommunications, water services.

- Permit approved.

Out of Park Solutions

For companies wishing to be outside the business park and under the free zone regime, CR Green Valley offers solutions located on the south side of Highway.

Redundancy, contingency, continuity and resilience in electric network, telecommunications and drinking water infrastructure.

It seeks to guarantee the continuity and availability of the business process.

This area already has established companies with business processes that demand top quality electrical service, like Panduit and Fanal. This has required from the electric operator to guaranteed redundancy in the primary network of 34,5 KVA, feeding it from three different substations, with an interconnected generation system and a continuous monitoring and control system, avoiding fluctuations, disruptions and ensuring service continuity.

CRGV aims to take advantage of the benefits of Act 8829 of 2010, with which the scope of the Act 7447 is extended to encourage the import of equipment and materials. This contributes to savings and the rational and efficient use of energy.

The fixed and mobile telephony, data transmission and Internet services are guaranteed in the area by domestic operators, which have a fiber optic network that feeds the companies with Internet and data transmission installed services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and an extensive network of mobile phone and radio base stations that cover the entire valley.

Access to potable water is guaranteed by CRGV, by the municipal aqueduct services and the National Aqueduct System (AyA).

We offer the most attractive and


cost-effective tax incentives in the region

education

INCENTIVES

The Academic System in Costa Rica is open to provide the necessary training/programs, working with companies to address their needs and demands. These Academic Collaboration models are established as a formal agreement between the company and the specific institutions involved.

For example, the National Training Institute (INA) offers free technical training in numerous fields, focusing in the areas like: Industry, Graphic Industry, and Trade and Services.

Any company with operations in the country will have access to INA training for their employees at no additional cost, since INA’s courses are funded by the 1.5% of the total payroll that these companies must pay. Thus, INA training programs can be seen as a subsidy from the government, because the costs of training programs are higher than the 1.5% charged to the company for its employees. The INA has 60 facilities nationwide.

foreigners

INCENTIVES

In Costa Rica, foreigners have equal rights and obligations; they have no limits to property handling and they can conduct business activities freely, for there is free capital movement without foreign exchange controls.

Multinational companies must comply with the same procedures and regulation as local companies to start operations in the country. However, CINDE offers assistance to foreign investors through a immigration procedure.

Streamlined immigration applications and visa granting, with no limitation on number of foreigners working in companies, are some of the incentives Costa Rica offers.

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