BORDER LINES: BOGOTA - Colombia taxes media services

The Colombian government has put value-added tax on a whole range of media services, including PR, for the first time. The introduction of VAT, which is at the rate of ten per cent, ends years of exemption and comes despite a vigorous campaign from the industries concerned. The tax will be on ’publicity’, which is defined as ’anything that involves making the public aware of something’. The drafting of the new law follows an unsuccessful attempt to introduce the same policy in 1995.

The Colombian government has put value-added tax on a whole range

of media services, including PR, for the first time. The introduction of

VAT, which is at the rate of ten per cent, ends years of exemption and

comes despite a vigorous campaign from the industries concerned. The tax

will be on ’publicity’, which is defined as ’anything that involves

making the public aware of something’. The drafting of the new law

follows an unsuccessful attempt to introduce the same policy in 1995.



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