El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has officially signed a law eliminating taxes on technology innovations. The Innovation and Technology Manufacturing Incentive Act will remove income, property, capital gains, and import tariffs for technology innovations. This move strengthens El Salvador’s position as a haven for technology development.
Supporting tech development and industry growth
The new act covers various technology innovations, including software and app programming, AI, computer, and communications hardware manufacturing. El Salvador aims to attract more tech companies and developments by eliminating taxes and offering economic benefits for various businesses.
In March, President Bukele revealed his plan to propose a bill to safeguard the nation’s technological progress. Following this, the legislation was forwarded to Congress to remove taxes on various tech advancements. Now the President of El Salvador has signed a law that eradicates all taxes on technology innovations. Bukele also announced the enactment of the bill and his signature on Twitter.
Due to unclear regulations, regulatory challenges have hindered the growth of certain sectors, such as generative AI and crypto. El Salvador’s new law offers an alternative environment to encourage the development of these industries.
Contrasting approach to U.S. legislation
While El Salvador moves to support technological advancements with tax incentives, the U.S. administration, under the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), has proposed the Digital Asset Mining Energy (DAME) tax.
The CEA argues that a 30% tax on crypto miners is necessary to mitigate the environmental and societal damage caused by high-energy consumption in the industry.