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Uruguay: New taxes announced for Uber

 |  February 21, 2017

Uruguay’s government has announced a new set of taxes for private passenger transport companies such as Uber. The move was announced by the deputy minister for the Economy, PabloFerreri. The new tax is intended to level the playing field for traditional taxi companies in terms of the fiscal requirements imposed on both business models.

Companies such as Uber, Easy Taxi or Cabify will have to pay additional sales and value added taxes, with individual drivers considered as micro-companies. The drivers will also be required to get a professional driver’s license to operate.

Uber has spoken out against the new taxes, denouncing the taxes that will be charged directly to drivers. Uber’s competitors in the country have not spoken out against the decision.

Uber has operated freely in Uruguay since August 2016, when the country’s Commission for the Promotion and Defense of Competition determined that the company did not violate any competition laws, as had been claimed by local Taxi companies and unions.

Full Content: La Prensa Libre

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