Ghana - Mixed (Common and religious law)
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Ghana taxes

If you want to do business in Ghana, reading this will help you becoming knowlegeable on the specific tax laws and rates for a LLC which is the most common company structure in Ghana.

Ghana taxes corporate income made internationally in the same way that earned inside the country. The prevailing tax rate for offshore income, from our research, but seek professional advice, is 25%. The country does not have known exemptions to transfer in foreign earned profits. The headline corp. tax rate is 25%. This ranks Ghana as 103th overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.

The valued added tax rate in GH is 15.00%, which ranks Ghana as 98th overall in terms of VAT taxation rate internationally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 13.00% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 5.50%. 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 88hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 14 in GH.

Thin capitalization standards are in effect. Thin capitalisation refers to any type of requirements on companies' debt-to-asset ratios. Dividends paid by a resident company to another resident entity are subject to 8% withholding tax. However, there are certain exemptions if the company owns at least 25% of the voting power of the payer company. Dividends are payments of earnings of the business, established by the board, to a class of its shareholders. Dividends can be issued as stock, cash, or property. Capital Gains are considered business income and taxed at CIT standard rate. 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.

The interest withholding tax rate is estimated at 8%. Which means that the taxman expects LLC's to pay tax on at least 8% of money remitted abroad on interest payments. The dividends withholding tax rate is 8% This means that the tax authorities expects relevant legal entities to automatically withhold 8% of dividend payments to non-residents. Royalties are subject to a withholding tax of 15%. This means that payments on royalties made by a resident entity to a non-resident entity may be taxed at 15%.
There is no known tax on wealth in Ghana. There are no known inheritance and transfer taxes in GH. There is a property tax. There are no widely used R&D initiatives that provide breaks on taxation here.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your company's situation. can to reference you to a lawyer in Ghana who can give you the proper advice and help you need. Want to work together? Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 40 hours to file and prepare documents for a Ghana Mixed (Common and religious law).
The corporate tax is approximately 25% which is 103 in the world.

Owners of a company in Ghana are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 3 years.

The vat rate in Ghana is 15% which ranks 78 in the world.

Patent box
RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
13Tax treaties
25%Offshore Tax
25%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
40Corporate time
15%VAT rate
25%Capital gains
2018AEOI planned

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Ghana Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
DTC 2008-07-23
DTC 2014-03-20
DTC 2008-04-22
DTC 2005-06-14
DTC 2008-03-10
DTC 2005-05-25
United Kingdom
DTC 1993-01-20
DTC 2000-05-25
DTC 2004-08-12
DTC 1993-04-05
DTC 2004-02-19
South Africa
DTC 2004-11-02

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Area Code
Western Africa
Native Languages