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Nicoya's Municipalidad Hunts Down Tax Evaders
Pedregal, several shrimping companies and even Mel Gibson owe millions

By Oliver Pérez

Nicoya's Municipalidad is determined to recover 313 million colones in taxes owed by three companies that operate in the area and has therefore initiated a recovery process by notifying each of them.  

The company with the largest debt is Pedregal and, according to the city council, the company's debt amounts to 261 million colones for the exploitation of subsoil resources. Pedregal's production plant is located near the colonial city and it operates under two exploitation concessions.

In regards to this issue, Article 38 of the Mining Code in Law 6797, states that concessionaires must pay 30% of the total amount earned in sales taxes when selling cubic meters of sand, stone, ballast and other activity by-products to the Municipalidad.

On the other hand, the Municipalidad also notified actor Mel Gibson, of a 26 million colones debt in unpaid construction permits.


In March 2011, inspectors from the Municipalidad discovered five luxury buildings, such as residences, a restaurant and a pool, within his 163-hectare property in Playa Barrigona, all lacking the necessary construction permits. Therefore, he must now pay his overdue taxes, including fines.

Six shrimping companies who have been in business for many years without making any tax payments also approached the city council in order to get up-to-date with their payments. Their debt adds up to 26 million colones.

On Tuesday, the heads of the six companies visited the Municipalidad in order to seek a solution and to request their respective business licenses. In addition, they reached an agreement in order to pay off their debt.

The shrimping companies are located in Copal, Morote, Vigía and Puerto Jesús.

Mayor Marco Jiménez, was pleased with the businessmen’s reaction.

“The businessmen agreed to pay off their taxes at the Municipalidad on the basis of their production, in addition to working together with us, from this day on, in regards to development. We are straightening things out with all businesses and companies who are attempting to cover the Municipalidad's eyes. It must be made clear that all businesses need to have their business license and therefore, pay their taxes duly", added the Mayor.

The VON tried to obtain Pedregal's, as well as the businessmen’s, version. However, the former did not reply to the e-mail sent to their spokesperson, Rafael Zamora. In turn, representatives from the shrimp companies declined to issue a statement.


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