ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
Internal taxation of imports
On 28 January 2013, the government announced that it plans to reduce levies on the oil industry by changing rules on the so-called windfall tax that will now only be triggered when crude and its derivatives trade above USD 80 a barrel, instead of USD 70 a barrel. The purpose of this change is to channel foreign currency from a domestic development fund to the Venezuelan Central Bank in order to provide currency for additional imports.
The windfall oil price tax establishes a special contribution which is payable by companies exporting certain hydrocarbons including liquid hydrocarbons, both natural and upgraded, and their derivatives. The tax revenues are than collected in a domestic development fund.
The measure was effective on 20 February 2013 with the publication of the according law in the Official Gazette.
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