Tax tips for expats who want an enjoyable holiday

December 8, 2008
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Here is the information everybody needs to know about this year’s tax season. Most expats hold their Costa Rican assets in a company. Whether it be a Sociedad Anónima (Corporation) or a Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (Limited Resposibility Corporation) — also known as an S.R.L. or, in Gringo slang, an L.L.C. — all expats have […]

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The Caja throws a few curves for expat employers

November 24, 2008
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How to handle employees and their paperwork represents a continuous problem for expats. An article on house employees produced a great deal of interest. Many people wrote and said they were not legally registering their employees in Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social — referred to in Costa Rica as the Caja — or paying all […]

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Get a raw deal from the government? Sue’em

November 10, 2008
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People are tired of losing money in Costa Rica. They are fed up with flushing it down the toilet due to the mistakes made by the Registro Nacional and other government entities. They are also disgusted with the bulling around they get from administrative offices. Expats and Ticos alike are fighting to get their money […]

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Those hidden pitfalls in hiring domestic employees

October 27, 2008
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So many expats make the same mistakes with domestic workers in Costa Rica. Usually their intentions are good. Nevertheless, from the outset of the work relationship most start it off on the wrong foot, giving workers a reason to go to court. Why should they wait to be fired upon by the domestic staff? They […]

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Expat wins long, lonely fight to keep his investment

October 13, 2008
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No thanks to the impotent criminal courts After four long years of fighting hard in the courts in Costa Rica, an expat saved his property investment. He thought all hope was lost, but in his case justice prevailed. Last week the expat had what was stolen from him returned: A mortgage fraudulently canceled by property […]

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Mortgage scam traps expats seeking a good return

September 29, 2008
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Looking for high interest on money? There are loan brokers in the local market with customers looking for cash. Some of these brokers are even lawyers representing their clients. Watch out. There is a scam which preys on anyone willing to lend their hard-earned savings. It is a trap for those blinded by money and […]

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Strong zoning push to target maritime zone projects

September 15, 2008
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Foreigners developing on the coast are handicapped because there are little or no guidelines for development. Guidelines for developers come from regulatory or zoning plans. These plans are — in theory — designed to align the land and human activities to the best use of resources without depleting those resources. In the past, foreigners interested […]

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