New Monetary Measures to Combat Informality in Peru


A new law has been put forth that allows independent and payroll workers to deduct from annual income up to S/ 12,015.

The second half of the year has had some movement when it comes to the healthcare system; previsions on food and yesterday we reported nurses would be protesting. Now let’s talk about the extra expenses caused by medical services.

According to the Law Center of the Commerce Chamber of Lima (CCL), as of 2017, independent and payroll workers may deduct from their annual income (other than the fixed 7UIT) additional expenses up to S/ 12,015 provided they present payment receipts validated by the Sunat,

“This rule is aimed at combating evasion and informality by establishing that dependent and independent workers demand proof of payment for certain services they hire,” said Victor Zavala, manager of the CCL Legal Center. Among the payment vouchers that the worker can submit to Sunat, to recognize these expenses, are the lease of real estate, medical services, mortgage loans and deduction of expenses by EsSalud for domestic workers.

Once the 2017 financial year is over, the workers will present an affidavit to credit these higher expenses in order to regularize the income tax.

Do you think this is a good idea to reduce informal business? What other measures do you think should be implemented in order to get rid of informality definitely?


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