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By MARK LORENZANA

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said on Monday, June 27, that he will request Raquel Buenrostro, head of Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT), to review the requirements on the submission of proof of tax status for taxpayers, in a bid to simplify procedures.

López Obrador proposed that the SAT eliminate this requirement altogether, given the difficulties that the submission process has caused for taxpayers, and said that instead of making things easier, it complicates them.

In his daily morning press conference, AMLO said that treasury officials have to streamline procedures.

“In the end, our goal is always to simplify. We understand that there are measures in place so that we can combat tax evasion, but if a procedure just complicates things for taxpayers, then it should go,” López Obrador said. “We should make it easy for all taxpayers — small businesses, medium, large, everyone.”

AMLO said that the tax-evasion problem has now become bigger, even legalized.

“Those at the top do not pay proper taxes. They had that privilege, but now it’s over,” he said. “So we have to make it easy for everyone to comply, to contribute, to pay proper taxes.”

López Obrador assured that the SAT under his administration is completely different from the one that existed in past administrations.

Just this year, the SAT caused a mad scramble among taxpayers, long queues in its offices and webpage failures on its official website after announcing in April a new requirement for the issuance of Digital Tax Receipts by Internet (CFDI) in its new version 4.0. The original deadline was scheduled for July 1, but the SAT reconsidered and extend the deadline to Jan. 1, 2023, after a group composed of public accountants, private individuals and the Taxpayer Defense Attorney’s Office (Prodecon) requested a deadline extension.

Jesús Rodríguez Ambríz, president of the Mexican Association of Public Accountants (AMCP), said in a statement earlier this month that the original deadline that the SAT imposed was a waste of time and money for both taxpayers and companies. He said that SAT authorities mishandled the situation, citing the long queues and poor online services from the SAT website, which originally caused the long lines.

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