Taxpayers must file an informative equity declaration

On January 16, 2017, Venezuela’s National Tax Administration (SENIAT) issued Administrative Regulations No. SNAT/2017/0002, by which it established the obligation for legal entities qualified as special taxpayers to file an informative equity declaration, as published in Official Gazette No. 41,075.

Scope of application

Only legal entities that have been qualified as special taxpayers by the SENIAT will be obliged to file the informative equity declaration.

Equity

For the purposes of this declaration, equity is defined as the sum of the taxpayer's assets and economic rights.

Filing term

Taxpayers subject to this obligation must file the informative equity declaration in accordance to the conditions and specifications set forth on the SENIAT's website within a term of 90 days following the entry into force of the Administrative Regulations (i.e., deadline April 15, 2017).

Penalties

Taxpayers who fail to comply with the obligation of filing the informative equity declaration within the legally prescribed term will be subject to the sanctions set forth in the Venezuelan Organic Tax Code (OTC)1.

In connection with this, the OTC provides that taxpayers who fail to file declarations or file them with a delay longer than one year will be subject to a penalty of 150 tax units2, in addition to the closing of their offices or other premises for a period of 10 calendar days. Taxpayers who file incomplete declarations or file them with a delay shorter than one year will be subject to a penalty of 100 tax units.

In addition, the OTC provides that failing to file any declaration required by the existing regulations constitutes an indication of tax fraud.

Effective date

The Administrative Regulations became effective after their publication in the Official Gazette (i.e., after January 16, 2017).

Footnotes

1. Published in Special Edition of Official Gazette No. 6,152 dated November 18, 2015.

2. The current value of the Tax Unit is VEF 177.00.

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