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Incentives

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The most competitive
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.

Download FTZR document to learn more

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%)

Download FTZR document to learn more

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.



AZOFRAS

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Tel.: (+506) 2520-1635 email:azofras@racsa.co.cr

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The Association of Free Trade Zone Companies of Costa Rica (AZOFRAS) is the representative of the Costa Rican free trade zone sector in the protection, defense and development of their business activity before governmental authorities and other private sector organizations.
Since the beginning, it has constantly sought to improve the competitive conditions of free trade zone companies and works to find solutions to obstacles that they face in terms of operations, legal and fiscal issues, among others.


Customer Solutions and Services


The Association of Free Trade Zone Companies of Costa Rica (AZOFRAS) makes the following services available to its members:



  • Technical advisory on Free Trade Zone Regime, covering operational, legal, and fiscal areas.

  • Guidance and counselling on issues related to permits, procedures and requirements specific to the Free Trade Zone Regime.

  • Statistical and business information on Free Trade Zone Regime in Costa Rica and other countries.

  • Support and guidance in the solution of obstacles related to the use of the benefits of the Free Trade Zone Regime.

  • Representation of the free trade zone sector in the protection, defense and development of their business activity before governmental authorities and other organizations of the private sector.

  • Training activities and programs on Free Trade Zone Regime and related areas.


Current Customers


The Association of Free Trade Zone Companies of Costa Rica (AZOFRAS) groups together three types of companies:



  • Free trade zone companies;

  • Free trade zone parks; and

  • Suppliers (eg. corporate services)


Exact address of the firm:


San Rafael de Escazú, calle La Ceiba, edificio ATRIUM, piso 4. San Jose, Costa Rica.

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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