Tax in El Salvador

EY Law Central America

Recognised by clients for its 'first-rate expertise and knowledge of tax matters', the tax controversy team at EY Law Central America remains a market leader, providing solutions for a broad range of issues at the local and international levels. Such matters include tax compliance, lobbying with tax authorities, securing refunds and transfer pricing. The team also coordinates with the firm’s litigation experts to assist clients with managing contentious tax matters before the tax administration and the courts. Tax consulting authority Héctor Mancía heads the 'excellent' department, where he is supported by senior manager Carlos Gaitán, the former head of legal studies at the Salvadoran Tax Administration, and associate Douglas Morales, who has expertise in audits. The group’s portfolio of national and multinational clients spans the telecoms, logistics, retail, energy, banking and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Héctor Mancía


‘The team has shown great professional quality and timely communication and responses to our concerns, which has allowed us to comply with the obligations required by the authorities.’

‘Hector Mancia and Carlos Gaitan have been a great support in the handling of our litigation.’

‘They are very professional in what they do. They fully comply with all their obligations, deadlines and proposals. I think they are an excellent firm.’

‘They are professional, knowledgeable and experienced in this area of law, as well as being accessible and honest.’

‘The team at EY Law has first-rate expertise and knowledge of tax matters. They have a very solid team, led by a partner with a high degree of commitment and analytical skill. They come up with solutions for our company and always adhere to the necessary regulations and ethical values.

‘They have extensive knowledge of the subject and a lot of experience in tax matters. Among their best qualities are their high-level of commitment to their values and ethics, as well as their strict adherence to the legislation. The lawyers are accessible to clients at all times and do not understand the legal and tax issues, but also the commercial side that is essential to defending the company’s rights. Hector Mancia has been a key strategic ally for our business, and leads an excellent team of lawyers including Carlos Gaitan and Douglas Morales.’


The tax group at Arias assists clients at the national and regional levels with such matters as due diligence processes, the tax implications of setting up companies, permit processing, litigation, transfer pricing, tax planning and compliance. Led by former Director of the Internal Revenue Service Luis Barahona, and supported by senior associate César López, who has expertise in contentious and non-contentious, and associate Marianella Guidos, a specialist in customs regulations, the team represents clients across the hospitality, energy and banking sectors.

Practice head(s):

Luis Barahona

Consortium Legal

The tax practice at Consortium Legal continues to grow, offering a 'personalised service' and advising on a diverse spectrum of matters for local and international clients. These include assisting at the regional level with the tax aspects of M&A, tax defence, audits and inspections, tax review procedures and estate planning. Headed by Diego Martín-Menjívar, and backed by William Escobar, who focuses on tax defence, the team’s client roster covers such sectors as energy, telecoms, banking, retail, textiles and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):

Diego Martin-Menjivar


‘They follow up constantly on our requirements, provide detailed advice on critical issues, and they want to collaborate with us to solve problems and provide quick responses.’

‘The team offers a personalised service, knowledge of the areas of law we wish to consult on and proven experience.’