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Uruguayan Farmers Lobby Against Rural Land Tax

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

22 October 2015


Agricultural unions in Uruguay have voiced their opposition to the Government's decision to reinstate a tax on owners of fertile rural land of more than 300 hectares.

The tax, which excludes forested land, is intended to raise funds for rural education. Currently, rural education is funded by the taxation of urban land. Farm owners have been exempt from the tax since 1996.

On October 16, 2015, the National Association of Milk Producers, the Rural Association of Uruguay, the Uruguayan Chamber of Milk Producers, the Rural Federation, and the Milk Producers' Society of Florida released a joint statement urging the Government to reconsider its plan to restore the tax.

With the reinstatement of the Rural Property Tax, the tax burden on owners of fertile land will increase by 22 percent, they said.

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