April 18, 2022
Peru's President amends VAT Law and Tax Code
The legislative decree eliminates the requirements taxpayers must satisfy to use the value-added tax (VAT) paid on imports as input VAT. It also allows the Peruvian tax authority to open a sales-and-income registry for taxpayers and record their transactions.
On March 26, 2022, Peru's President enacted Legislative Decree 1540, amending the VAT Law and Tax Code to make it easier for taxpayers to claim VAT paid on imports as input VAT and for the Peruvian tax authority to open a sales-and-income registry on behalf of taxpayers.
On October 27, 2021, Peru's President asked Congress for the power to enact tax measures. On December 27, 2021, the Congress approved the President's request to enact different tax measures, including amendments to the VAT Law and Tax Code. For information on the approval of the President's request to enact certain tax measures, see Tax Alert 2022-0004.
Legislative Decree 1540
Effective March 27, 2022, taxpayers may use VAT paid on imports as input VAT without having a copy of the document from the tax authority certifying the VAT was paid and was approved by the customs agent.
Legislative Decree 1540 also authorizes the Peruvian tax authority to open a sales-and-income registry for taxpayers that fail to open a registry. The tax authority will record all of a taxpayer's transactions, as well as debit notes and credit notes electronically issued by the taxpayer. Taxpayers may adjust the information recorded by the tax authority. This measure will be effective July 1, 2024.
Beginning July 1, 2024, Legislate Decree 1540 will authorize the Peruvian tax authority to issue payment orders if it determines tax is unpaid as a result of its verification of the electronic sales-and-income registry it opened on behalf of the taxpayer.