Modernization is taking place at the Mexican Tax Administration Service.

When Aristoteles Nunez-Sanchez took over the leadership of the Mexican Tax Administration Service in 2012, the agency was unable to accept many of the important forms used by business and taxpayers via electronic means. Recently, at a Seminar on Technological Perspectives, the head of the SAT announced that now digital delivery of eighteen very important documents can be submitted to Mexican Social Security, or the IMSS, digitally. Among information that can now be transmitted using paperless technology are forms that contain:

  • annual declarations
  • payments
  • accounting and billing administration

So as to give the forms that are submitted using this technology legal validity, technology has also been instituted by the Mexican Tax Administration Service that allows organizations and individuals to use electronic signatures.

During the comments he made at the recently held Technological Perspectives Seminar, the top Mexican Tax Administration Service official explained that in a period of six months the agency was able to migrate approximately 90% of the forms used by the SAT to a digital format. This, according to Nunez-Sanchez, has resulted in a savings that is above $150 Mexican Pesos per month. Although much has been accomplished over the aforementioned six month period, the leader of the SAT stated that, “there are still many goals to be accomplished in achieving a vision of adopting modern methods
to achieve our mission. Adopting new technology is not an option. It is an imperative.”

Manuel Herrera Vega, the president of the Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers, who was also in attendance at the Seminar on Technological Perspectives, asserted that, “although much progress has been made in the modernization process, there is still much work to be done as regards integrating the systems of the various relevant government agencies for the purpose of making administration of the country’s business more efficient in the digital era.”

The Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT) is a decentralized agency of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, which has the responsibility for implementing the fiscal and customs legislation, in order that individuals and corporations contribute proportionately and equitably public spending; to audit taxpayers to comply with tax and customs regulations; facilitate and encourage voluntary compliance, and to generate and provide the necessary information for the design and evaluation of tax policy.

The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) is the Mexican government agency with the largest role in providing healthcare and social protection for Mexicans since its founding in 1943. It combines research and medical practice and the management of resources for retirement policyholders in order to provide stability to workers and their families.