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July 2020 Regulatory Update: South and Central America

July 2020 Regulatory Update: South and Central America

Our professionals report notable regulatory updates for July 2020. Biz Latin Hub’s team of legal and accounting specialists operating across all key markets in Latin America report the following notable regulatory updates for July 2020 in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay. We support foreign companies in Latin America comply with all corporate regulatory compliance obligations to ensure their success in new markets. For more information on how we can support your regulatory and annual compliance needs, contact us today. Bolivia RegulationDetailsOfficial Statement N° 37/2020   On 14 July, the Ministry of Labor announced that daily labor activities in private and public entities can last for up to 6 hours. Companies must alternate staff between working in their designated office and home-office working arrangements. Brazil RegulationDetailsOrdinance 340Prohibition of entry of foreigners in Brazil from 1-30 July.    Exceptions: 1. Immigrant with permanent residence; 2. Foreign professional on mission in the service of an international organization, as long as duly identified; 3. Passenger in international transit, as long as the passenger does not leave the international area of the airport and the country of destination admits his ticket; 4. Foreign employee accredited to the Brazilian Government; 5. Foreign national, spouse, son, daughter, father, mother or curator of a Brazilian; whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian Government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian...

When Do You Need a Transfer Pricing Study in Colombia and What Has Changed During Covid-19?

When Do You Need a Transfer Pricing Study in Colombia and What Has Changed During Covid-19?

Find out when businesses should carry out a transfer pricing study in Colombia, and changes in the regulatory environment that could impact your activities. Transfer pricing is a broad concept coined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which encompasses a set of obligations for multinational enterprise groups who develop commercial transactions between their member companies. What is a transfer pricing study in Colombia? OECD issued a set of recommendations which have been progressively adopted by the member countries’ internal legislation, including by Colombia. In its most basic definition by OECD, a transfer price is “a price, adopted for book- keeping purposes, which is used to value transactions between affiliated enterprises integrated under the same management at artificially high or low levels in order to effect an unspecified income payment or capital transfer between those enterprises.” In the development of that definition, OECD issued a set of recommendations which have been progressively adopted by the member countries’ internal legislation, including by Colombia. In essence, transfer pricing regulations aim to reduce the shifting of profits from one jurisdiction to another through internal transactions inside a corporate group. Any transaction made with a company inside the same corporate group must be made amarket conditions. Who must comply with regulations for transfer pricing studies in Colombia, and how? Colombia, as a recently accepted member of OECD, has included the organization’s recommendations regarding transfer...

June 2020 Regulatory Update: South and Central America

June 2020 Regulatory Update: South and Central America

Our professionals report notable regulatory updates for June 2020. Biz Latin Hub’s team of legal and accounting professionals based across Latin America report the following notable regulatory updates for June 2020 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay. In our regulatory update series, we report on legal and other reforms that could significantly impact businesses in Latin America. Note that this not an exhaustive list of all regulatory changes occurring in countries listed below. For more information on how we can support your regulatory compliance needs, get in touch with our team. Argentina RegulationDetailsNew SAS requirementsThe Argentine government introduced additional requirements for the registration and operation of the Sociedad de Acciones Simplificadas (SAS) legal entity, also known as the Simplified Shares Company. What this means: Other legal entities may become comparatively more attractive for businesses expanding into Argentina. Brazil RegulationDetailsMP 931/20This regulation extends the deadline for companies to hold Annual General Meetings from 30 April 2020 to 31 July 2020. Chile The Chilean government and institutions introduced several regulatory updates in June. RegulationDetailsLaw 21.232Allows employees to access their unemployment insurance fund under exceptional circumstances.Law 21.234Introduction of new rules regarding liabilities in cases of theft and robbery.NCG 30Issued by the Comisión para el Mercado Financiero. Simplifies the registration of securities, stocks, and bonds. Costa...

Claudio Ramirez, Canadian Trade Commissioner for Colombia, Discusses Trade Relations and Business Opportunities

Claudio Ramirez, Canadian Trade Commissioner for Colombia, Discusses Trade Relations and Business Opportunities

Claudio Ramirez shares his perspective on the nature of the Canada-Colombia relationship and his team's success in promoting Canada as an important partner for Colombia. Find out about the current trade relationship and business potential between Canada and Colombia from Canada's Trade Commissioner to Colombia, Claudio Ramirez. Biz Latin Hub’s Chelsea Heywood had the pleasure of connecting with Claudio to gain his insights on the bilateral trade relationship, and what Colombia can offer Canadian businesses expanding into Latin America. Claudio also shares his perspectives on the future of the relationship between these two countries and the Trade Commission's success in promoting Canada as an important partner for Colombia. 1. Could you tell us about your background with Global Affairs Canada, and what led you to take up the role as the Canadian Trade Commissioner in Colombia? I joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 2001, mere weeks after 9/11, which plunged the world into a major crisis: that of global terrorism. At that time, just like in today’s crisis (the Covid-19 pandemic), political leaders were quick to recognize that an economic recovery would require more trade between nations, not less. Back then, some 160 members of the World Trade Organization came to an agreement to launch of the Doha Round, which aimed to lower trade barriers and to reform to trade rules in order to promote economic development.  Thus, from the outset of my career in the Canadian diplomatic corps, I have always been attracted by the profound impact that doing business across borders...

Perceptions of Doing Business in Latin America: Cautious Optimism For Future Growth and Opportunities

Perceptions of Doing Business in Latin America: Cautious Optimism For Future Growth and Opportunities

In June 2020, the Biz Latin Hub team launched a survey asking for information about individuals’ perceptions about doing business in Latin America. In June 2020, the Biz Latin Hub team launched a survey asking for information about individuals’ perceptions about doing business in Latin America. We received a range of responses from 75 business owners, executives, government officials and other specialists operating in over 40 countries worldwide. 57.3% of respondents are considering expanding into the region in the future, with many expressing cautious optimism at economies' abilities to bounce back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what the key takeaways from our survey indicate about people’s perceptions on doing business in Latin America. Perceptions on doing business in Latin America: who took part? 75 people responded to the Doing Business in Latin America survey. Of our respondents, nearly half (48%) were business owners, operating in Latin America and across other regions of the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. 29 respondents (38.6% overall) were business owners operating in Latin America. Many survey participants were operating across more than one country. Of all respondents, 66 people (88%) noted they were working or operating their business within Latin America, and 39 respondents (52%) were operating outside of the region. A third of all respondents were running or working in a company that operates in 5 or more countries, and 16% of all respondents claimed to be operating across 10 or more...

Changes to Bolivia’s Tax System During COVID-19 Response

Changes to Bolivia’s Tax System During COVID-19 Response

Understand key changes to Bolivia's tax system during the government's response to COVID-19. Importantly, deadlines for filing certain key corporate compliance documents have been deferred. Temporary measures aim to support businesses facing challenges with cash flows or having problems reporting their monthly and annual obligations In order to confront the consequences of the government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, these temporary measures aim to support companies, small businesses and individuals facing difficult times with their cash flows or having problems reporting their monthly and annual obligations at the country's Tax Office (Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales). Find out these new deadlines and how your business may be impacted by these measures, and seek expert local accounting guidance to get support for your business during this time. Deadlines deferred in Bolivia’s tax system The government has announced a number of changes to Bolivia’s tax system to help the taxpayers affected by quarantine regulations in the country. Key relevant changes for businesses to take note revolve around tax declarations. The government has set the following deferred deadlines for tax declarations in Bolivia: Taxes and other obligationsRegular date for declarationNew date for declarationValue Added Tax (VAT)February-May 2020July 2020Transfer TaxFebruary-May 2020July 2020Income Tax Fiscal year 201929 April 2020 For taxpayers with fiscal year ending on 31 December 201929 May 2020  for Great and Main Contributors (GRACO and PRICO).31 July 2020 for taxpayers catalogued as...

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