Peru’s proposed tax reform to boost revenues by $3bn, finance minister says

Peru’s finance minister, Pedro Francke with the country’s new president, Pedro Castillo. (Credit: Presidencia Peru)

Peru’s finance minister Pedro Francke said on Thursday a proposed tax reform would increase fiscal coffers by about 12 billion soles ($3.03 billion), or 1.5% of the country’s gross domestic product.

The bulk of the new revenue will come from hiking taxes on the mining sector, although Francke said in a news conference that exactly how much those rates will be increased has not been decided. Peru is the world’s No. 2 copper producer.

“Our studies show that there is room to raise (mining) taxes for those with large operational net incomes,” Francke said, providing details on a tax reform that was unveiled on Wednesday.

The South American nation is working with the International Monetary Fund in order to come up with a proposal that the government in Lima hopes will not affect the sector’s competitiveness.

Peru has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in Latin America and left-wing President Pedro Castillo has made it a cornerstone of his new administration to raise revenue in order to fund new social programs. Peru’s tax-to-GDP ratio stood at 13% in 2020, according to the finance ministry.

The tax reform proposal still needs to be approved by Congress, which is controlled by the opposition.

($1 = 3.9663 soles)

(By Marco Aquino; Editing by Paul Simao)

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