Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Recent Developments in Mexican Rulings and Administrative Decisions

Exerpt from September/October 2008 Issue of Practical Mexican Tax Strategies by Terri Grosselin and Santiago Chacon (Ernst & Young)

Recent actions by the Mexican Ministry of Economy and the tax administration indicate a change in policy with respect to companies operating under the popular Maquiladora regime. Although the tax benefits for companies operating in the regime are being carried forward, it appears compliance with the terms of the program will be more strictly monitored.

In 2006, Mexico’s Maquiladora program was combined with other export regimes as part of the Decree for the Promotion of the Manufacturing, Maquiladora and Export Services Industries (“IMMEX Decree”). The Ministry of Economy is the Mexican agency in charge of granting and monitoring permits to IMMEX companies. So far during 2008, this agency, in close cooperation with the Mexican tax authorities, published a list of a total of 1,342 companies with an IMMEX program that were not compliant with one or more of the requirements to operate under the IMMEX regime for 2006 and 2007. The implication for entities included in this publication, is the possible suspension of certain rights granted under the program with the risk that the IMMEX permit will be cancelled altogether, unless the companies rectify identified deficiencies in a short time frame.

Read More on the impact of non-compliance with IMMEX regulations

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