The Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) treated the decision of the Municipality of Guayaquil to close its headquarters as a “misunderstanding” in this city before alleged tax breaches.
Aquiles Álvarez, mayor of one of the departments of the Municipality of Guayaquil and former director of the Barcelona club, imposed the closure seals of the FEF headquarters in this port city, for which reason the administrative staff of said organization had to leave the facilities.
The Ecuadorian Football Federation clarified in a statement: “The Guayaquil Mayor’s Office closed our administrative offices in Guayaquilalleging a lack of payment of the Establishment Authorization and Control Fee” and considered that the measure “was given due to a misunderstanding of the Municipality.”
The FEF expressed its “total rejection of this unfounded decision” and he asserted that in September 2019 the Municipality of Guayaquil issued a resolution that favored him and that “has not been revoked to date.”
Said municipal resolution of that year declared the FEF as “non-taxable” for taxes on the Municipal License (1.5 per thousand over total assets) and the Fee for Enabling and Control of Establishments since 1993.
Therefore, the Federation affirmed that, based on said resolutions, “the FEF is not obliged to pay this tax” on its headquarters in Guayaquil, one of the most populated cities in the country.
The Ecuadorian Football Federation expresses its total rejection of this unfounded decision and informs the public that, on September 27, 2019, the Municipality of Guayaquil issued resolution No. 15557-2019, which has not been revoked to this date, whereby it resolves:
1) Declare to the ECUADORIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION FEF, that it IS NOT PASSIVE SUBJECT to the Municipal Patent Tax, 1.5 per thousand on total assets and the Fee for Enabling and Control of Establishments, from the year 1993, since it does not The generating event of the aforementioned taxes has been configured, in accordance with the provisions of article 547 and 553 of the Organic Code of Territorial Organization, Autonomy and Decentralization, in accordance with article 21 of the Ordinance that regulated the authorization rate up to the 2011 and with articles 1 and 3 of the new Ordinance that regulates the authorization rate, published in the Official Gazette No.613, because it is a non-profit private law organization, as indicated in its status (…)”. In other words, the Ecuadorian Football Federation is not obliged to pay this tax.
In this context, we understand that the closure occurred due to a misunderstanding on the part of the Municipality of Guayaquil, whom we request to annul the closure of our offices so that our staff can continue working for the benefit of Ecuadorian soccer.”
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