In order to help encourage the start-up of companies, as well as helping existing small businesses flourish, the government must create an environment where the process to start a company is streamlined and the collection of taxes is done in a transparent and efficient manner. According to a CNN Money article, Singapore is the best place in the world to start a business and New Zealand came in at second place. In the latter country, it only takes 24 hours to start a business. One of the common factors which creates a business friendly environment is the utilization of
Several weeks ago, I was at el Departamento de Hacienda (the Puerto Rican tax collection agency) for nearly the entire day trying to work out an alleged outstanding tax payment. To make a long story short, the representative at Hacienda nonchalantly said there was an "error" ("hubo un error en el sistema") in the system. Turns out we owed practically nothing in taxes. It was a huge relief, but I still couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Nevertheless, this is not a first time occurrence. Our family business, which is in the beverage industry, has been operating for over 40 years and there have been many instances where we have found ourselves in such situations. Having a small business is no cakewalk, especially when the government doesn't have its own house in order.