Costa Rican high rollers accused of dodging taxes
The fact that several companies pay no taxes is proof that Costa Rica's fiscal problems are due to tax evasion, so say the nation's trade unions.
But that, counter private-sector representatives, is a misconception. They say that a Finance ministry list of big companies that pay no taxes contains many errors and fails to clarify the reasons for the apparent non-payment.
For example the fact that a company makes no profits is due to market conditions rather than efforts to dodge taxes, said Rocío Aguilar, the Finance minister.