Tax in El Salvador

EY Law Central America

As the legal branch of the global assurance and tax advice heavyweight, EY Law Central America is in pole position to provide legal tax assistance. The 'experienced' department led by 'professional' senior manager Carlos Gaitán and Héctor Mancía focuses particularly on all stages of tax controversy processes before the tax administration, appeal forums and courts, including constitutional process litigation. Gaitán brings hands-on experience working for El Salvador's tax authority to the table and is well equipped to handle issues such as double taxation, tax information exchange and tax benefits. In addition to its vast judicial experience, the team is also active in tax advisory services and assists with the fiscal aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Gaitán; Héctor Mancía


‘It is an experienced team which has handled various cases in administrative and judicial settings. In addition to their legal knowledge, the lawyers have a good understanding of financial and accounting procedures.’

‘The team has experience in various areas of the law, including working within the tax administration and the Supreme Court of Justice.’

‘It is a very professional firm. They are experts in their field.’

‘Carlos Gaitán is a professional in every sense. He is an excellent person and lawyer.’


Tax advice, planning, due diligence, litigation and transfer pricing are the key features of Arias' tax practice, which is led by Luis Barahona. He has deep knowledge of precautionary legal audits, tax risk detection and tax administration, particularly in the private sector. Senior associate César López provides key support, especially in tax litigation before the administrative and judicial authorities. Combining tax know-how with corporate expertise, senior associate Marianella Guidos advises clients on customs regulations and due diligence processes.

Practice head(s):

Luis Barahona

Key clients


Hanes Brands

Inmobiliaria Apopa



Del Sur

Banco Cuscatlán


Confecciones Jiboa

Ingenio Chaparrastique


Work highlights

  • Assisted Invenergy with various tax issues, including tax benefits established under Salvadoran law
  • Acted as local tax counsel in Central America to Telefónica Centroamérica Inversiones in the sale of its business in Guatemala and El Salvador to América Móvil

Consortium Legal

General tax consultancy, international tax planning, customs law and transfer pricing are the focus of the tax practice at Consortium Legal. Well equipped to handle municipal as well as governmental tax litigation, practice head Diego Martín-Menjívar and key associate William Escobar further assist the firm's corporate practice with tax advice on transactions. Martín-Menjívar is also familiar with tax and customs litigation at the administrative and judicial level, and Escobar defends clients in procedures related to internal, customs and municipal tax sanctions. Furthermore, the group advises domestic and multinational clients on tax management, audits and tax inspections.

Practice head(s):

Diego Martín-Menjívar


‘A trained and efficient team, with in-depth knowledge of the legislation.’

‘Timely attention and keep on top of tax changes in the region.’

‘Very good communication with clients.’

‘Good knowledge of the subject in both practical and technical terms.’