Español Over 70 percent of the Honduran workforce operate in the informal sector, according to the World Trade Organization. As the Peruvian lawyer Enrique Ghersi explains, informality is a survival strategy among the poor, who can’t afford to comply with regulations, making this one the only reasonable alternative.
Honduran policymakers seem hellbent on forcing formalization of the workforce and enacting economic apartheid on those who resist.
The Honduran tax collection agency (DEI) has been implementing a new invoicing regime, promoted by its director Miriam Guzmán, which comes with several problems and a surge of costs for small business and the informal sector of the economy.
Currently, many supermarkets and other business offer goods purchased from informal entrepreneurs, such as small farmers, carpenters, or bakers. The new tax scheme will force companies to demand its suppliers to register and comply with the regulations, otherwise they will face a tax increase, and won’t be able to back the expenses with the corresponding invoices.