Thursday, February 18, 2016
New Panama Canal Locks repairs are complete
External consultants of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported yesterday that the repairs to the third set of locks, which were completed in January, are satisfactory.
The reliability of the structure was verified by the same tests which revealed leaks in the locks in August 2015.
According to the ACP and the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the failure was due to an error in the design, which called for the use of less steel than should have been installed.
ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said that the repairs cost about $40 million, and that the cost will be the responsibility of GUPC, which subcontracted the design to Montgomery Watson Harza.
The work on the third set of locks now enters a period of final examinations. They will likely be ready for opening at the end of June.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
A new Panama law proposal to exempt from income tax payments of educational expenses
Twelve deputies from different political parties in the Panama National Assembly proposed a law project so college studies expenses can be deducted from the income tax declaration.
This is the law project supported by 115 deputies from five parties in addition to the independent legislator Ana Matilde Gomez.
These expenses will be deductible if incurred with respect to third level education or higher education of the adult dependents of the taxpayer, still under their custody, relating to the payment of tuition and credit hours. This deduction may also be applied to taxpayers who pay for their own studies.
Income tax deduction mechanism would also apply to minor children.
The school fees incurred with respect of minor dependents of the taxpayer, including tuition and school fees, school supplies and school transportation, related to the first level or basic general education or secondary education will be deductible.
The project law is now under review by the commission of Economy and Finance of the Panama National Assembly.