Finishing touches on 350 peso foreign tourist tax in Baja California Sur

Translated by Fulano from an article in VizcainoHoy.com.

After the hotel operators in Los Cabos refused to collect the 350 peso tax on foreign tourists approved by congress in 2017, saying that this tax “would make Los Cabos lose competitiveness”, the state government is about to sign an agreement with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, to collect it at air terminals when the tourist departs.

Governor Carlos Mendoza announced that this tax will be included in the proposed 2019 fiscal package that will be sent shortly to the state congress and trusted that the deputies will have the common sense to support this measure, addressing “the imperative need” of the state to get financial resources. The incoming undersecretary of revenues for the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that there will no longer be extraordinary financial resources for the states, and that local governments will have to “scratch it up with their own nails”.

Mendoza Davis stressed the importance of increasing tax collections to address such elementary items such as health and education, which could not be met without additional income.

On the causes that led to the refusal of the Los Cabos hotel operators to collect this tax in their hotels, the governor said that according to them their customers could not distinguish between what was the cost of the lodging and the tax; they have their arguments, he noted.

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