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  1. Eleanor, I would greatly enjoy sharing coffee (or better yet, that beer!) with you, but because it is with you, someone whose head is well placed on her shoulders. Not to hash out any facts. Election discussions rank right up there with root canals for me. The election is over and there'll be four years to bemoan whatever happens, and then another chance to continue or flip. I saw a meme on Facebook that said it all for me. "After the Election If you win, don't gloat. If you lose, don't despair. This has been hard for all of us. Treat others the way you want to be treated. We all will need it."
  2. Wow, I'm sorry that your preferred candidate/party lost, but after 8 miserable years it seems that the U.S. citizenry pulled on those reins and said "whoa there Nellie, that's enough of that!" We'll see what the next four years brings. He may not be my ideal, but the alternative was even less so. Now both sides are represented in posts on the forum, so I vote not to flog a dead horse...
  3. Dennis, it may be possible to pay online now but it wasn't the last time I paid corporate taxes (before they suspended them). I would suggest going to BCR (if you're in country) with the corporation cedula juridica number and ask a teller how much you owe. You aren't required to actually pass over the money, but you'll know what is due. If it is the 550,000 that Registro reports, you can pay, be current, and keep the receipt! Then dissolve the corporation before the end of this year. Note: without the corporate books it will take the lawyer longer because they must re-create the books and have them approved by the Registro before they can dissolve the corporation. I would assume at least 2 months (not counting holidays) for an on-the-ball lawyer, but it could take longer depending on your lawyer. Do it now and avoid another year of taxes.
  4. Dennis, I'm sorry I wasn't more clear in the descriptions. I was interested in whether yours was in a different status. You'd said you would look up your corporation on the Registro website to "see what it says" I'd checked the Registro for status of current and dissolved corporations, to note how they appeared ("inscrita" and "liquidada") I suggested that you report how yours appears, assuming it had been marked as not having paid the taxes, and it still appears "inscrita" The brief PDF was for those that might not be aware you can look up "personas juridicas" online. In the PDF it also indicates how to check whether "personas juridicas" have outstanding taxes via "Impuesto personas juridicas". That is where you could check if it shows outstanding taxes on the corporation. Again, sorry for the confusion. Colin
  5. I just looked up several "persona juridica" (corporations) that I knew were active or formally dissolved by a lawyer. That is what they show "inscrita" and "liquidada". If the taxes haven't been paid, it was widely reported (several years ago), that they enforced the taxes by not permitting actions to the corporation in the Registro. That would prevent changing owner/board membership, selling/buying, other official updates including dissolution. Doppelt, could you report what you find for a "no taxes paid for a long time" corporation? Update: for those unfamiliar, the attached .pdf shows briefly how to check the Registro for corporations. (It has reduced resolution to meet the 500Kb file limit for posting...) Registro - check corporations.pdf
  6. True, it is normally a percentage of the amount/value that is assigned by the College of Engineers, which is why you agree to a percentage not an amount. When the architect or engineer submits the plans, the College reviews them and assigns a value based upon such things as square footage, features, and expected materials. That number is (fortunately!) usually lower than your actual costs will be. When you actually begin building, whether you stay close to that estimate will be determined by you (and the price of materials at that time.) The materials you select (e.g. granite, cabinets, doors, fixtures, etc.) are usually better quality than the engineers would expect. There are often changes or additions you decide to make, which also increase the cost but don't affect the agreed-on percentage. So you won't really know even a ball park estimate, unless your architect or engineer helps with that. I've seen the College value being 25% or more lower than the actual construction cost. Most gringo construction that I have known cost more than the $50k you mention. Also remember that you are required to have an engineer, who visits the ongoing construction and records things. It is a College requirement. If you have both an engineer and architect they (hopefully) work as a team, and will both be part of that percentage-based payment. Be sure to ask your architect that question. When construction happens, you pay the materials as they're needed. You pay the labor (including their CAJA, INS, and Aguinaldo) although you may get the engineer or architect to do the legwork, for a fee.
  7. Missy, the word for "toe kick", "baseboard", etc. is rodapié. Hope that helps. You learn a lot of words when you build a house here, in Spanish.
  8. In San Jose he should be ok. Not all rural Acueducto (water companies) are set up to accept online payments via bank, much less credit card. Ours only started bank transfer support a year and a half or so ago.
  9. In Grecia there is a pool store in front of the "new" (San Jose & other long distance) bus station. 1.5 blocks west (toward Sarchi) from the park.
  10. Tom and his wife were regulars at the ferias in Atenas and Grecia for many years. Before coming to Costa Rica (15 years ago?) Tom had worked in bakeries (among other things) and applied that knowledge to our benefit. Honest-to-goodness real baked goods (pies, cakes, brownies, cinnamon buns, bread...) "just like home". We've never found equivalent baked goods anywhere in Costa Rica (not that they don't exist.) Tom's signature "boater" straw hat was always an eye-catcher. I didn't realize he was retiring but he will be sorely missed.
  11. Missy, there are two (known) ways to get boxes. It really depends upon the type and quality you need. Easiest: Stores will allow you to take their used product shipment boxes. EPA, Pricesmart, Walmart, and probably any large store in the area where you live. Mostly the boxes are "broken down" (unfolded) so check them out and select those that weren't cut/damaged when opened and product unloaded. Then use strong tape to make them boxes again. Alternative: (that actually sells boxes) Cajas de Cartón el Universo (2226 1015) Address: 400 meters South of "El Pipiolo" in Plaza Viquez, San Jose, CR. So if you need to purchase new, that's the only place that I know. If you just need sturdy boxes, free with careful selection is an alternative. Good luck! Colin
  12. I assume there are more specifics to this... like specific domestic animals, endangered species, etc.? Otherwise it would rule out eating locally produced chicken, beef, or pretty much anything coming from animals, which are staples in the Tico diet. I agree that it sounds like a "see we're Green and compassionate" effort, but enforcement would be very difficult in many areas.
  13. You're absolutely right TC. Legal and illegal of each apply. From my perspective the (legal) immigrant vs the (legal) expat is still a nice distinction. One shows intent or association with the host country. The other just indicates that the individual doesn't live in their home country. That's what I found attractive... host country-based vs individual status-based... "I'm proudly living in Costa Rica" as opposed to "I'm proudly not living in my home country." Only my own feelings, I'll stop commenting now...
  14. Ignoring all the racial byplay of the article... actually ignoring the article... I just like the distinction Induna introduced. I believe what struck me was that "immigrant" identifies with a particular country (Costa Rica for us)... while "expat" just means someone who isn't living in their home country... I could be an expat from the U.S. who lives in Aruba but is on vacation in Costa Rica. I'm still an expat... If I'm an immigrant to Costa Rica there is no question... I live in Costa Rica. Plus, a legal immigrant has legal residency. An expat is a person living somewhere, legally or not, outside their home country. I like the clarity of the one over the other...
  15. Very nicely said, Carol. You make an excellent point about immigrants (legal residents who have immigrated) vs expats (those living outside their home country... legal resident or not)... A good distinction. I will follow your (and Induna's) lead on this...
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