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2020 Property Tax

March, 2020

Due: March 31stof each year.

Property owners must pay Property Tax (Impuestos Bienes Inmuebles) and garbage collection fee (recolección basura) to the Municipal Government where the property is located.

Amount:  The property tax is 0.25% of the registered value of the property, which is either the purchase price paid or the value assigned by the Tax Office. 
The garbage collection fee is a fixed amount, adjusted yearly, that must be collected along with the property taxes. The municipality determines the fee based on location and on whether the property is used for residential or commercial purposes.

This property tax and garbage collection fee can be paid a year in advance or quarterly. However, if paid quarterly, you must pay before the end of each quarter to avoid interest charges. The first quarter of the year ends on March 31stof each year.

Owners must fill out a form to update the value of the real property every five years. Failure to do so can lead to a Municipality assessment and fines to the real estate owner. Please verify the last time you filed the form, in case of any doubt, better verify with the Municipality. The Municipalities are already notifying appraisals and fines for people haven't done the update.    
The Municipalidad de Santa Cruzdoes not always charge both in the same statement and this can cause confusion and problems to owners. The municipality has attributed this to 'lack of updated records and/or to administrative errors within the system'. Therefore, please review your statement carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. 
As we have discussed in previous articles, there are numerous taxes that are paid throughout the fiscal year. To ensure you do not incur any penalties or fines, it is important all applicable annual taxes are paid on time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

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