There is a 12% IVA tax on many items that you purchase in Ecuador … most packaged food is excluded. It is possible for expats with a cedula, and over age 65 to apply for a refund on a monthly basis. The maximum refund in any month is about $175. The process is somewhat involved, but assistance is available from Mimi Cadena … Christian’s wife. She is the equivalent of a CPA, and has authority to assist in all accounting transactions in Ecuador. They have an office on 9 de Octubre between Bolivar and Pedro Moncayo … it is in the middle of the block, and has a sign that says ‘Infomultisoluciones’. Christian speaks English, but it may be easier to call [098 054 5035] or to send him an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Debbie and I have received over $1000 back in the last year with Mimi’s assistance.
Also, Christian has a very reliable Internet service at a good price, and says that he has bandwidth for a few more customers.
Additionally, he can install wireless or wired security systems in your home or apartment. Recently there have been some robberies in outlying areas of gas cans and even a break-in where the crooks unscrewed the wrought iron bars inside the windows. It is best to be protected, especially if you live outside of the center of town .
These are very good people to know, and are helpful in many areas. Give them a call.