Colombia - Civil Law
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Colombia taxes

This article explains the tax laws in Colombia, this article will educate you on the tax laws for a PLC(SA) which is the most common company type in Colombia.

Colombia imposes corporate tax on resident entities worldwide income. The headline tax rate for offshore income, from our research, and this is not personal tax advice, is 34%. CO doesn't have major incentives to bring in offshore income earned abroad. Taxes are high in Colombia as the headline corp. tax rate is 34%. Reduced rate at 20% may apply to companies established in Free Trade Areas. Colombia ranks 163rd overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.

The value added tax (VAT) rate in CO is 19.00%, which ranks Colombia as 98th overall in terms of VAT taxation rate internationally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 20.50% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 8%. The overall complexity of the tax system is medium. This is measured by average time to comply with a country's labor tax requirements is as it is 87hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 1 in CO.

Thin cap laws are in play. This refers to any sort of restrictions on companies' debt-to-asset ratios. Dividends distribution between residents are taxed between 0% and 10% after tax profits. Dividends received from foreign entities are considered taxable income and subject to CIT standard rates. Dividends are distributions of company earnings, passed by the board of directors, to a particular class of shareholders.Dividends can be one of the following shares of stock, cash payments, or other property. Most Capital Gains are taxed separately from income tax, at a rate of 10%. A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when they sell sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price.

The interest witholding rate is estimated at 15%. This means that the taxman expects relevant legal entities to automatically withhold 15% of payments abroad on interests. Dividends paid to non-residents from profits that were not taxed at a Corporate level are subject to a withholding tax of 35% plus an additional tax of 5%. If profits were taxed, dividend payments to foreign entities or individuals are subject to a 5% withholding tax. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. This should be interpreted usually that the tax authorities expects companies to automatically withhold 15% of money remitted abroad on royalties. Colombia has concluded tax treaties with 11 countries, that may reduce or eliminate withholding taxes.

There is a tax on net wealth in Colombia. There are no known inheritance and transfer taxes in CO. There are real property taxes. There are well know credits for innovation spend that include tax relief in this country.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your particular personal tax obligations. can refer you to an expert in Colombia who will help you. Contact us today. Click the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 86 hours to file and prepare documents for a Colombia Civil Law.
The corporate tax is approximately 34% which is 162 in the world.

Owners of a company in Colombia are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 12 years.

The vat rate in Colombia is 19% which ranks 127 in the world.

Patent box
RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
15Tax treaties
34%Offshore Tax
34%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
86Corporate time
19%VAT rate
10%Capital gains
2017AEOI planned

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Colombia Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
South Korea
DTC 2010-07-27
DTC 2008-11-21
DTC 2007-10-26
DTC 2004-05-04
DTC 2004-05-04
DTC 2009-08-13
DTC 2010-08-30
DTC 2007-04-19
DTC 2004-05-04
United States
DTC 2005-03-31
DTC 2011-05-13
Czech Republic
DTC 2012-03-22

Country Info

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República de Colombia (spa)
Area Code
South America
Native Languages