Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tax Update - Sales Tax on Services Rendered by Non-residents

Services Rendered by a Non-Resident Person to a Person in Puerto Rico

Act 72 of 2015 amended the PR Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") to establish that in the case of services rendered by a non-resident person to a person located in Puerto Rico, the person responsible for remitting the applicable sales and use tax on such services to Treasury is the person who receives the service in Puerto Rico. This provision comes in effect on October 1, 2015.

The applicable SUT rate will depend on the type of service received - taxable services subject to the 10.5% Commonwealth SUT or designated professionals services or services rendered to other merchants subject to the 4% Special SUT.

Municipal SUT rate will not apply since the service is rendered outside of Puerto Rico.

The corresponding SUT will apply to services provided by non-resident persons that are received by persons located in Puerto Rico, only in connection, either directly or indirectly, with operations or activities carried out in Puerto Rico. 


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