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If you are wanting to do business in Brunei, reading this will help you becoming knowlegeable on the specific tax laws and rates for a LLC (SDN BHD) which is the most common legal entity in Brunei.

Brunei taxes corporate income accrued in or derived from Brunei or received in Brunei from outside Brunei. The prevailing standard rate for offshore income received in Brunei, from our research, but seek professional advice, is 18.5%. Companies with revenues under BND 1m are exempted from CIT. The standard corporation tax rate is 18.5%. Under certain conditions, companies dealing with exports are subjected to a fixed rate CIT rate of 1%. Companies engaged in oil and gas industries are taxed at a flat rate of 55%. Brunei ranks 63rd overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.

There is no value-added tax or sales tax in Brunei, that ranks the country as 1st overall with regards to VAT globally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 8.50% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 8.50%. The overall complexity of the tax system is low. This is measured by average time to comply with a country's labor tax requirements is as it is 27hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 5 in BN.

Thin capitalisation mandates aren't in effect. This refers to any type of restrictions on given company with respect todebt-to-asset ratios. Dividens received from a company subject to tax in Brunei are exempted. Dividends from foreign entities are considered taxable income. Dividends are distributions of earnings of a legal entity, determined by the board, to a particular class of shareholders. Dividends can be issued as cash payments, shares of stock, or other property. Capital Gains are not subject to taxation in Brunei. A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when he or she sells sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price.

Dividends are not subject to withholding tax in Brunei. This means that dividend payments to non-residents are not taxed in Brunei. The interest withholding tax rate is estimated at 15%. This should be interpreted usually that the tax authorities expects companies to automatically withhold 15% of payments offshore on interests. The royalties withholding tax rate is 10%. This should be interpreted usually that the taxman expects LLC (SDN BHD)'s to automatically withhold 10% of payments abroad for royalty payments. Payments to non-residents connected to a P.E. in Brunei are exempted of withholding taxes.
There is no known tax on wealth in Brunei. There are no known inheritance, transfer and real property taxes in Brunei. There are no widely used credits for innovation spend that include breaks on taxation in BN.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your individual personal tax obligations. We are able to to help you to find an accountant in Brunei who can give you an answer. Contact us today. Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

Country details

Bandar Seri Begawan
ms-BN, en-BN

Tax treaties

Country Type Date Signed
Norway TIEA 2012-06-27
France TIEA 2010-12-30
Denmark TIEA 2012-06-27
Faroe Islands TIEA 2012-06-27
Kuwait DTC  2009-04-13
Iceland TIEA 2012-06-27
Finland TIEA 2012-06-27
Pakistan DTC  2009-12-25
Singapore DTC  2005-08-19
Australia TIEA 2013-08-06
Sweden TIEA 2012-06-27
United Arab Emirates DTC  2013-05-21
Indonesia DTC  2000-02-27
Canada TIEA 2013-05-09
Greenland TIEA 2012-06-27
Tajikistan DTC  2010-04-03
United Kingdom DTC  1950-12-08
Korea, Republic of DTC  2014-12-09
Oman DTC  2009-06-28
Bahrain DTC  2008-01-14
Japan DTC  2009-01-20
Malaysia DTC  2009-08-05
China DTC  2004-09-21
Hong Kong, China DTC  2010-07-19
Lao People's Democratic Republic DTC  2006-04-22
Viet nam DTC  2007-08-16

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