On the 9th of December 2020, the economic package 2020 was published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (Official journal of the federation), which includes the General Economic Policy Criteria, the Federal Revenue Law, the Federal Expenditure Budget, the Income Tax Law, the Value Added Tax Law or the Federal Fiscal Code, among others.

This reform involves changes for the companies and it would be applicable from 1st January 2020.

The highlights are mentioned as follows.

Income Tax

Permanent Establishment

When a person, who is not an independent agent, makes contracts or participates actively on behalf of the resident abroad, this would establish a reason to consider a permanent establishment. In other words, the foreign company would legally incorporate a company with all its tax obligations.

Interest Limitation

The interest deduction based on taxable income is limited to 30% of the updated taxable income. This regulation will allow the deduction of interests that are not considered within the next three fiscal years following the one in which they were earned. Deductible interests must exceed 20 million pesos.

Decrease Provisional Payment PTU (Participation of Employees in the benefit)

The option of decreasing the PTU paid in the year of the provisional payments from May to December in equal parts is established in the Law.

Withholding Tax from Benefits of Retirement Funds

The procedure is established for legal entities to withhold ISR (income tax) for the taxable income that a worker obtains at the time of termination of the labor relationship that comes from the retirement insurance sub-account.

Renting Of Scientific and Industrial Equipment

The lease of scientific, industrial and commercial equipment will be treated as royalties, applying the appropriate retention rates and obligations in operations with residents abroad.


Individuals who sell goods or provide services over the Internet through technological platforms are obliged to pay the tax through a retention table, which is compulsory for legal entities.

Non-deductibility REFIPRES (Tax Heavens)

It is proposed to not deduct payments made when the supplier is determined as a tax heaven unless it is accord at market value.

Value Added Tax

VAT Withholding to Labor Outsourcing

Business contracting outsourcing services must retain and declare the VAT caused in the contracting for those services.

Free Services

If a free service is performed that is generally taxed by VAT, this will be taxed at the time the service is provided.

Digital Services Abroad

Providing digital services by a resident abroad, as long as the final consumer is located in the national territory, it will be considered that the service must be taxed under the law of Value Added Tax. This payment will be made directly and if there is an intermediary through retention.

General Changes

Information about Relevant Operations

The obligation to submit this declaration is eliminated.

Cancellation of Digital Certificate in the Following Cases:

  • When three statements are not submitted after one month in a row.
  • When the taxpayer is considered not located by the tax revenue office.
  • When CFDI´S are issued for non-existent operations.
  • When income or withholdings do not match the CFDI´S (electronic invoice).
  • If the tax mailbox contacts are not confirmed.

Universal Compensation

The elimination of compensation of balances on behalf of the tax payer is confirmed.

Option to Not Issue Tax Certificate of No Liabilities

In order to ensure that legal entities making payments to individuals and temporary use and enjoyment do not issue proof of withholdings if electronic invoice is made with withholdings.

Fiscal Incentives

There is a tax incentive for companies employing people with disabilities, with an additional deduction of 25%.

Electronic Signature

The revenue tax office may not grant the e-signature to companies that are not identified, or of which there is not enough information about their identity or the legal representative.

Tax Mailbox

Fines of up to MXN nine thousand two hundred are proposed to all those tax payers who do not have the mail active or located for notifications of the tax revenue office.

Electronic Notification

Any digital notification sent by tax mailbox will be enough for the initiation of the administrative act.

These legislative updates establish a challenging start of the year, which will undoubtedly have impacts for all organizations operating in Mexico.

In Auxadi we connect America with Europe, LATAM and Asia, providing value-added services to more than 1,000 clients in 50 jurisdictions. We want to help you and make everything easier for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Carlos Cano Reyes

Carlos Cano Reyes
Country Manager Mexico

Augusto Berutich
Director. Global Tax

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