Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi on Monday unveiled a sweeping tax reform proposal that would slash individual and corporate rates and simplify the US territory’s tax code, Bloomberg News reported. Under the proposal, Puerto Rico’s maximum tax rate for individuals would be reduced from 33% to 30%.

Puerto Rico privatized its electricity production on Wednesday, selecting Genera PR to take over the operation and maintenance of state power generation units in the U.S. territory as part of an initial $22.5 million annual contract, the Associated Press reported.

The governing board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the public corporation currently in charge of energy generation on the island, approved a contract that brings the U.S. territory one step closer to privatizing power generation, NBCNews.com reported.

Puerto Rico announced yesterday that it will start cracking down on those who abuse the U.S. territory’s tax credit system, an opaque and long unregulated sector with claims that average about $270 million a year, the Associated Press reported.