Another Possible Sales Tax Suspension in Puerto Rico

On September 18, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico declared again a commonwealth-wide state of emergency related Hurricane Maria, which is on track to impact the island. Under existing law, should this “state of emergency” turn into a “disaster declaration” the Puerto Rico Department of Revenue retains the authority to temporarily suspend state and local sales tax on certain goods and services as it effectively happened in the case of Hurricane Irma earlier this month. While no such order has yet been issued, Sovos is closely monitoring this situation and will provide further guidance and information as circumstances dictate.

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Ramon Frias

Ramon is a Tax Counsel on the Regulatory Analysis team at Sovos. He is licensed to practice law in the Dominican Republic and is a member of the Dominican Bar Association. He has a Certificate Degree from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Ramon has written a number of essays about tax administration and has won the first prize in the international essays contest sponsored by the Inter American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT). Prior to joining Sovos, Ramon worked for more than 10 years in the Department of Revenue of the Dominican Republic where he served as Deputy Director. He is proficient in French and Spanish.
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