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UPDATE – November 2017 Corporation tax and form D140

NEWS FLASH………  The Costa Rica Tax Regulation authorities came to the realization that their recent (September 2017) tax act was creating chaos not just for those owning corporations but as well as their staff.  Considering the number of foreigners NOT living in Costa Rica having to complete the D-140 form AND the fact that the government doesn’t have sufficient personnel to handle and/or enforce the regulation, there is a delay for the D-140 filing.  The filing dates start February 2018. Refer to the schedule below.

Temporary suspension

On November 6, 2017, the Costa Rican tax office made the declaration Nº DGT-R-51-2017. The declaration states that the requirement to fill out the declaration and modification of data form D140 for an inactive corporation is suspended as of November 06, 2017.

Dissolved corporations

Corporations that have been dissolved by the government and have canceled pending corporation taxes 2012 – 2015 before December 15, 2017, can present a request to cease its dissolution to the National Registry.

The request will leave the dissolved corporations in the same condition as they were before the dissolution with retroactive effect.

Corporation owners have until January 15th, 2018 to submit their request before the National Registry, after having paid the pending taxes.

Non Payment

Understand clearly that this November 2017  Corporation tax Update does not mean you can now stop paying the corporation tax. You are still required to pay your corporation tax  on the dates identified in the other articles.

When to file the D140 Document-New filing dates:

A) Corporate ID ending in 1 and 2: During the month of February 2018. (this is only for those corporations that were registered in the National registry before October 31st, 2017 or those that were dissolved.

B) Corporate ID ending in 3: During the month of March 2018.

C) Corporate ID ending in 4: During the month of April 2018.

D) Corporate ID ending in 5: During the month of May 2018.

E) Corporate ID ending in 6: During the month of June 2018.

F) Corporate ID ending in 7: During the month of July 2018.

G) Corporate ID ending in 8: During the month of August 2018.

H) Corporate ID ending in 9: During the month of September 2018.

I) Corporate ID ending in 0: During the month of October 2018.



Welcome ashore… Turtles are here!!

As the annual arribada of sea turtles continues in Ostional, Guanacaste, we’re sharing one of our favorite images of a turtle coming ashore to nest.


According to videos and news posted on Facebook by the Association of Local Ostional Guides, so many turtles came ashore at Ostional this year that they ran out of room on the beach; some turtles have continued on to the nearby roadway and even homes.

Local efforts to protect turtles have intensified since an infamous incident in 2015 when tourists eager to watch the turtles’ arrival interfered with their nesting.

Local efforts to protect turtles have intensified since an infamous incident in 2015 when tourists eager to watch the turtles’ arrival interfered with their nesting.

Costa Rica is the Happiest Places in the World According to National Geographic..

Once again Costa Rica is featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the happiest countries in the world.
The article, by Dan Buettner, is featured in the November 2017 issue of the famous magazine, is titled “These are the World’s Happiest Places”, and continues: What do Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore have in common?Their people feel secure, have a sense of purpose, and enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy..

The story then takes you through the lives of three different people, each living very different realities and each “illustrating three different strands of happiness”. 

The story about happiness in Costa Rica portrays Alejandro Zúñiga, “a healthy, middle-aged father who socializes at least six hours a day and has few good friends he can count on”.

Costa Rica has topped the Happy Planet Index for three years; while the World Happiness Report which is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness ranks the country as number 1 in America and number 12 in the global ranking.

In summary, Costa Rica’s happiness recipe is a combination of enjoying the moment, family bonding, universal health, education, peace, faith, equality and generosity.

“Costa Ricans enjoy the pleasure of living daily life to the fullest in a place that mitigates stress and maximizes joy”, explains the article.

By. Laura Alvarado



Southwest Airlines Opens New Costa Rica – Fort Lauderdale, Florida Route

Southwest Airlines inaugurated a new U.S.-Costa Rica route today to offer daily flights between San José’s International airport (SJO) and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) in Florida.

The first flight for the new service left southern Florida at 11:30 a.m. today, Sunday, November 5, and arrived at the Juan Santamaría airport at 1:28 p.m.

Southwest Airlines announced plans for international expansion a few years ago. Since opening service to and from Costa Rica in 2015, the airline has been growing steadily in the country and region.

Costa Rica was the first Central American destination for Southwest.

This new service offers one daily flight in both directions on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which has a 143-passenger capacity.

By Wendy Anders

World Meeting of Blue Zones, Nicoya, Costa Rica 2017

Nicoya, Guanacaste
November 16th to 18th, 2017

In the World Meeting


It is located in five cantons in Guanacaste on the Nicoya Peninsula.

This zone has a population of more than 800 inhabitants that are more than 90 years old.

The meeting will take place on November 16th, 17th and 18th in Nicoya.

A part of Costa Rica  stands out worldwide as a “Blue Zone,” which is characterized by the long, healthy lifespan of its population. Men and women exceed the average life expectancy with ages of more than 100 years. We speak on behalf of five cantons in Guanacaste, which are located on the Nicoya Peninsula: Santa Cruz, Hojancha, Carrillo, Nandayure and, part of the Nicoya canton.

Part of the Nicoya Peninsula is added to the exclusive list of only five “Blue Zones” in the world, which include: Icaria in Greece, Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in the United States. The Nicoya Peninsula is the only Blue Zone in Latin America and it is the largest.

Precisely, in November, the World Meeting of Blue Zones will meet to thoroughly research what occurs in the zone, share the experiences of the long-lived individuals and learn more from the scientific, cultural and health points of view, without leaving aside the possibility of showing the tourist attractions on the Nicoya Peninsula. National and international guests will be present and there will be an activities agenda for visitors to enjoy.

About Blue Zones

These zones become blue coincidentally when their eighty, ninety and one-hundred-year-old residents possess the following factors that strengthen their condition: good mental and physical health, adherence to a food tradition, strong faith and spirituality, a great deal of support and respect from a family network, physical activity and continuous mobility, and a purpose in life or reason for living.

This concept emerged from a series of demographic and statistical work done by Gianni Pes and Michael Poulin, but is known worldwide through Dan Buettner’s investigative journalism alongside a National Geographic team, and the publication of his book, “The Blue Zones.”

In one of Buettner’s most recent visits to Costa Rica, he defined the Blue Zones as “a lifestyle and environmental concept that produce longevity. These are the places where people walk more than they drive a car, eat more plants than meat, have a diet that includes beans, or grains such as corn, and where the family comes first and is the very reason for living. They have simple ways of relaxing, as well as friends with whom they share healthy habits.”

Nicoya Painted Blue

According to studies done by the Costa Rican demographer, Dr. Luis Rosero from the Central American Center of Population (CCP, as per its acronym in Spanish) of the University of Costa Rica, the concentration of inhabitants older than 90 years old with a healthy lifespan on the Nicoya Peninsula is unique in the world, and the mortality rate of this population is 10% lower in comparison to other inhabitants of the similar age in the rest of the world. According to recent data, the nonagenarian population consists of 865 inhabitants (beginning after last May 31st), which means that Nicoya will continue to be painted blue for a long time.

Among the five cantons on the peninsula, there are currently 41 long-lived individuals that have passed the goal of more than 100 years, and nine people that will be one-hundred years old before November.

According to the data from the Ministry of Health, the high life expectancy on the Nicoya Peninsula exceeds the national average of 77 for men by 25 years and the national average of 81 for women by 9 years. It even has a population of over 5,000 inhabitants who are older than 75.

By. Esential Costa Rica

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