This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Aug 19, 2005.
New Bolivian Law on Hydrocarbons
New Bolivian Law No. 3058 on hydrocarbons was enacted on May 19, 2005, revoking former Law No. 1689 on hydrocarbons dated April 30, 1996.
The new Law establishes a higher tax burden on companies in the sector through royalties of 18% and a direct tax on hydrocarbons (IDH) of 32%, to be directly applied on 100% of the production, which are added to the taxes in force. On the other hand, the new Law requires migration from the shared risk contracts to new contracts based on the modalities established by law, and introduces changes in the distribution of oil byproducts.
On May 20, 2005 Adventitious Association Agreements were executed between the state-owned company YPFB and the oil byproducts distributors to expand the term of the operation up until YPFB obtains the funds necessary to develop this activity in Bolivia. On the other hand, on June 30, 2005, the first payment of the new tax (IDH) took place for a period of 13 days, totaling US$ 2.726 thousand.
On June 30, 2005, the Bolivian government still had not presented the new contract templates referred to in the Law (operation, shared production and association). The impact for the Company of the migration from the current shared risk contracts will be analyzed after the templates proposed by government are known together with their provisions.