Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Latin American Planning Opportunities under Tax Treaties

Excerpt from Practical Latin American Tax Strategies
by John A. Salerno (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)

Latin America has historically not been regarded as a region with an extensive network of income tax treaties. During the 1960s only four income tax treaties were in effect, two of which were with Sweden. With Brazil leading the way, the 1970s and 1980s saw the conclusion of several additional tax treaties, but it was not until recent years that the negotiation and conclusion of tax treaties with Latin American nations began to flourish.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, rapid economic growth and political reform in Latin America’s largest economies fueled a wave of investment by multinational companies based in Europe and the United States. As economies grew and foreign investment restrictions were eased, funds began to flow freely into Latin American markets. The discernible increase in investment spurred the negotiation and conclusion of a number of tax treaties with nations both within and outside the region.

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