If you want to do business in Nicaragua, this article explains the tax laws for a Sociedad Anónima (S.A.), which is the most common company type in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua taxes corporate income on a territorial basis. This means that income earned outside the country, from our research, but seek professional advice, is not subject to taxation. Income accrued within the country is taxed at a corporate income tax rate of 30%. Nicaragua ranks 136th overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.
The valued added tax rate in Nicaragua is 15.00%, that ranks the country as 79th when compared to value added tax rate worldwide. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 19% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 6.25%. 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 76hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 2 in NI.
Thin cap standards aren't in effect. Thin capitalisation refers to any type of restrictions on a business and the debt-to-asset ratios.
Dividends received are generally tax-exempt. However, stock dividends may be considered capital income and subject to a withholding tax of 10%. A dividend is a distribution of a portion of earnings of the business, established by the board, to shareholders. Dividends can be either cash payments, shares of stock, or other property.
Capital Gains are generally subject to a final withholding tax of 10%. Reduced rates may apply for gains from the transfer of Nicaraguan shares that took place outside the country (5%), gains from the lease of fixed assets and non-fixed assets (7% and 5%, respectively) and gains from the transfer of certain assets such as real estate or vehicles (progressive rate from 1% to 4%). 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 15%. Which means that the taxman expects legal entities to pay tax on15% of interests remitted abroad. The dividends withholding tax rate is 15%. This should be interpreted that usually the tax authorities expects legal entities to automatically withhold 15% of dividends remitted abroad. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. This means that the taxman expects legal entities to withhold 15% of royalties paid to non-residents. Payments on dividends, interests or royalties to residents of jurisdictions considered tax havens are subject to a withholding tax of 17%.
There is no known tax on wealth in Nicaragua. There are real property and inheritance taxes. There are no widely used research and development tax incentives in this country.
The above is not tax or legal advice for your particular circumstances. We are able to refer you to an expert in Nicaragua who will advise you. Click the free consultation button above or press Incorporate now if you are in a hurry.
It takes approximately 67 hours to file and prepare documents for a Nicaragua Civil Law.
The corporate tax is approximately 30% which is 136 in the world.
Owners of a company in Nicaragua are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 3 years.
The vat rate in Nicaragua is 15% which ranks 78 in the world.
Thin capitalization rules are not in effect.
A corporate director is permitted, meaning this country is a good option if you are setting up a structure where you want to protect director liability.
The directors are not disclosed in the public registry of Nicaragua, MIFIC. Shareholders are not disclosed in the MIFIC.
Typically companies take 30 days to setup and there are 1 director(s) required and 2 shareholder(s) required at the time of incorporation.
Overall we think Nicaragua is a ok option and have given it a score of 34 as an IO score, using the Incorporations.IO proprietary formula.
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