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The leader of the left-wing coalition ‘Pacto Histórico,’ Gustavo Petro, took office as the 61st Colombian president on 7 August. Within a day of inauguration, the executive branch presented a new tax reform bill (the tax reform bill), which has the intended goals of making the Colombian tax system more egalitarian, progressive, and efficient.

The government hopes to meet these goals through provisions focused on taxing high-net-worth taxpayers, preventing tax evasion and avoidance, and promoting the improvement of the public health system and the environment.

The government’s expectation is for the bill to be passed before year-end. If this happens, then most of the bill’s provisions would become effective 1 January 2023.