Law 8 of March 15, 2010 (as published in the Official Gazette 26489 A as of March 15, 2010) contains comprehensive amendments to Panama’s Fiscal Code, including reductions in the corporate and income tax rates and an increase in the current ITBMS (Impuesto de Transferencias de Bienes, Muebles y Servicios) rate (“Law 8”).

Law 8 is a second tax reform recently carried out by the Government of Panama seeking to collect revenue to fulfill its educational, health and social projects.

Law 49 of September 17, 2009 (as published in Official Gazette 26370 C of September 17, 2009) became effective in September 2009 and introduced important changes in the tax system, such as extending the scope of the dividend tax to dividends paid out of foreign source income and to Colon Free Zone corporations (“Law 49”).

We have prepared a two-part summary of these important legislative developments: Part I covering Law 49 and Part II covering Law 8.

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