Expanded tax relief for Guam's small businesses proposed

Recognizing the need to provide greater relief for Guam’s small business owners, Sen. Mary Camacho Torres has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the limited tax exemption under the business privilege tax. If enacted, Bill No. 202-36 would permanently increase the revenue threshold, or the amount of gross receipts eligible for 3 percent BPT.

The measure is co-sponsored by Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Senators Joe S. San Agustin, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Christopher M. Dueñas, V. Anthony Ada, and Frank F. Blas, Jr.

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Currently, businesses are only eligible for the BPT reduction on the first $250,000 of their gross receipts, provided their gross annual income is between $50,000 and $500,000 during the most recent tax year.

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Torres’ proposal would expand the reduced BPT rate up to $500,000 of the business’s gross receipts.

According to the Department of Revenue and Taxation, approximately 90 percent of Guam’s 15,000 BPT filers report less than $500,000 in annual revenue and are eligible for this exemption. The bill is slated to go into effect the first day of the month followin