Morgan & Morgan provided pro bono tax advice to Camara de Reciclaje de Panamá, Asociacion Marea Verde, Enseña por Panama y Fundación Banco de Alimentos
Panama, August 6, 2019. The Recycling Chamber of Panama, the Marea Verde Association, Enseña por Panama and the Food Bank Foundation, were authorized to obtain the Resolution of the General Directorate of Revenues (DGI for its initials in Spanish) that approves these organizations to receive donations deductible from income tax.
Angélica Ortiz, Taxation Department, Morgan & Morgan
Law 37 of June 5, 2018, adds line 9 to article 709 of the Fiscal Code, which is related to the annual income tax deductions to which natural persons are entitled, regarding school expenses incurred by the taxpayer with respect to their dependents. Additionally, Executive Decree 368 of December 26, 2018 and Resolution No. 201-1635 of May 13, 2019, establish the regulations applicable to the deduction of said expenses.
From the regulations indicated above, we highlight the following aspects:
- School expenses, including tuition and school fees, supplies, uniforms and school transportation, incurred by taxpayers with respect to their minor dependents, will be deductible from the taxable income.
- School expenses related to the payment of tuition and credit hours incurred by taxpayers with respect to their dependents of legal age who are still under their tutelage, attending third-level or higher education.
- The deduction may be up to a maximum annual amount of B/.3,600.00, for each dependent; and may also be applied to taxpayers who pay for their own studies, as long as they submit their tax return declaration.
- Employees who pay Income Tax, in order to make the deduction, must: i) submit an affidavit of the fiscal period in which they incurred those expenses and ii) submit a petition requesting the deduction, duly accompanied by the detail of school expenses and supporting documentation (invoices).
- Invoices or equivalent documents supporting the school expenses to be deductible must be issued in the name of the father, mother or the person who has legal tutelage of the student. They may also be issued in the name of the dependent.
- The deduction of school expenses will be recognized only for payments made in the Panamanian territory.
- The financial obligation of parents with their children of legal age will be until they reach 25 years-old.
- Taxpayers whose dependants have a level of disability but that does not prevent them from attending an educational or university center will be entitled to the deduction of all school expenses.
- School expenses will be deductible in the tax return declaration of the year 2019, and be settled in the year 2020.
Morgan & Morgan, in partnership with Grupo Camacho Internacional (Costa Rica), presented a forum on Transfer Pricing Matters for a distinguished group of clients of the firm with the objective of updating them about important changes on this complex issue, which affects both local and multinationals companies with operations in Panama.
The topics were presented by Vladimir Blanco Solano and José Guerra Tovar, partner and manager of Grupo Camacho Internacional. As well as partner Enrique Jimenez and lawyers Adolfo Campos, Amanda Barraza and Angelica Ortiz; and the accountant Carlos Sinisterra; all of them members of the Tax Law Department of Morgan & Morgan.
Thus, Morgan & Morgan reaffirms its commitment as a leading firm in tax and fiscal matters, always ahead in benefit of their clients.
Morgan & Morgan acted as counsel to the shareholders of The Metropolitan School of Panama, S.A., in connection with the sale of their 100% stake in the Company, to Nord Anglia Education Limited, who is a world’s leading premium schools organisation and the owner of 44 international schools located worldwide.
The Metropolitan School of Panama, S.A. is one of the most reputable schools in the Republic of Panama, offering IB Curriculum to students from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Partners Francisco Arias G. and Jose Carrizo, and associates Pablo Epifanio, Adolfo Campos, Ana Cristina Castrellon, Cristina de Roux and Angelica Ortiz, participated in this transaction.