Puerto Rico Extends Sales Tax Holiday for Prepared Food

Ramón Frias
September 26, 2017

As posted to the Twitter Feed for the Treasury Department of Puerto Rico (Hacienda), the sales tax exemption for prepared food has been extended until October 8. The information released on Twitter does not make any reference to a regulation or ordinance, likely due to limited infrastructure and capabilities currently available in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. As applied, this special rule is intended to afford, in the aftermath of the hurricane, a sales tax exemption relating to restaurants and other establishments offering ready-to-eat food to the general public. 

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Ramón 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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