Tanzania - Common Law
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Tanzania taxes

If you are thinking to incorporate in Tanzania, this article will educate you on the tax laws for a LLC, which is the most common legal entity in Tanzania.

Companies in Tanzania are liable to tax on their worldwide income. The prevailing estimated tax rate for offshore income, from our research, but seek professional advice, is 30%. Tanzania does not have known exemptions to remit income earned abroad. Taxes are higher than average in Tanzania as the effective rate of taxation on a LLC entity is 30%. This ranks Tanzania as 136th overall in terms of corp. taxation rate internationally.

The valued added tax rate in TZ is 18.00%, which ranks Tanzania as 116th overall in terms of value added tax rate worldwide. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 25% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 15%. 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 54hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 6 in TZ.

Thin capitalization mandates are in play. Thin capitalisation refers to any sort of requirements on a business and the debt-to-asset ratios.
Distribution of dividends are subject to a final withholding tax of 10%. A reduced 5% rate may apply for dividends paid by a resident corporation to a resident corporation holding 25% of the shares and voting rights of the distributor. A 5% withholding tax may also apply for dividends paid by a resident listed company. Dividends received from a foreign entity are usually subject to Corporate Income Tax. Dividends are payments of a company profit, voted by the board of directors, to shareholders. Dividends can be issued as stock, cash, or property.
Capital Gains are treated as business ordinary income and subject to Corporate Income Tax. 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 10%. Which means that the tax authorities expects legal entities to pay tax at 10% of payments on interests abroad. The dividends withholding tax rate is 10%. This should be interpreted that the tax authorities expects relevant legal entities to automatically withhold 10% of dividends paid to non residents, unless those are paid by a Tanzanian listed company, where a 5% may apply. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. This means that the taxman expects legal entities to automatically withhold 15% of royalties remitted abroad. Tanzania has concluded tax treaties with 9 jurisdictions that may reduce withholding tax rates.
There is no known tax on wealth in Tanzania. There are no inheritance and transfer taxes in Tanzania, but there is a real property tax. There are no known inheritance taxes in Tanzania. There are no commonly used R&D initiatives that provide tax incentives in TZ.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your particular circumstances. We can refer you a lawyer in Tanzania who will advise you. Contact us today. Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 62 hours to file and prepare documents for a Tanzania Common Law.
The corporate tax is approximately 30% which is 136 in the world.

Owners of a company in Tanzania are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 100 years.

The vat rate in Tanzania is 18% which ranks 116 in the world.

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RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
9Tax treaties
30%Offshore Tax
30%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
62Corporate time
18%VAT rate
30%Capital gains
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Tanzania Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
DTC 1976-04-28
South Africa
DTC 2005-09-22
DTC 1995-12-15
DTC 1976-05-06
DTC 2012-08-18
DTC 2011-05-27
DTC 1976-05-02
DTC 1973-03-07
DTC 1976-05-12

Country Info

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United Republic of Tanzania (eng)
Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania (swa)
Area Code
Eastern Africa
Native Languages