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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

AAA Top Talent Free Trade Zone

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AAA Top Talent Free Trade Zone (TTFTZ) is the only Service Park in Costa Rica that is both located and designed to help our tenants serve their customers with the best service at the lowest cost.


Our privileged location, a 100 acres parcel in Grecia, is about 10 miles (15 minutes driving time) west of the Juan Santamaría International Airport and has 500m in front of the Arnoldo Kopper main road to Grecia, 2 miles from Bernardo Soto Interamerican Highway.   The Service Park is at the gateway to the West of the Central Valley, where the wealthy coffee growing towns in the slopes of the Poas volcano have thrived for over 150 years.  These aspirational towns have the highest development indexes in the country, and have about 20% of the young professional bilingual labor force, which continues to grow at a rate of over 8% as the Great Metropolitan Area expands west, and as the young professionals seek a better life style away from the traffic grid-lock that takes over 2.5 hours of their daily time.


Our unique design integrates with great synergy the service complex with a distinctive housing complex targeting the young professionals, giving the project superior attributes and maximum security and reliability at the lowest cost.  It is the first large scale Leed Platinum project in the country, and it represents the most important positive impact on the country carbon footprint (which can also account to the tenant carbon footprint).  It includes amenities and wellness center, a high traffic volume intersection with the national road and redundancy in all infrastructure.  Importantly, the Free Trade regime in the area offers significantly higher benefits and requires significantly lower investment vs projects in Coyol or east of the International Airport.


We offer great flexibility and fast delivery time and are ready to optimize working together with our clients.  Tenant Improvements Agreements, cubicle test fits, rental of work stations instead of square meters are among the alternatives we offer to optimize our client operations.   We execute faster than any developer as we have all permits, we are vertically integrated in the construction process with in-house professionals and large building teams in all the areas permanently on the ground.

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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