Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago - Common Law
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Trinidad and Tobago taxes

If you want to establish a company in Trinidad and Tobago, this article explains the taxation for a LLC which is the most common legal entity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago taxes income earned outside the borders in the same way that if it was earned inside the country. The established tax rate for income earned abroad, from our research, and your results may vary, is 25%. TT doesn't have major incentives to remit offshore income. The effective rate of taxation on a LLC entity is 25%, except for income from activities related to petroleum and natural gas, where higher rates applies. This ranks Trinidad and Tobago as 103rd overall with regards to corporate tax rate worldwide.

The VAT rate is 12.5%, that ranks Trinidad and Tobago as 70th when compared to VAT taxation rate internationally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute TTD 1,104.80 per month to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute TTD 33. 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 75hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 8 in TT.

Thin capitalization rules are not in play. This refers to any sort of laws on companies' debt-to-asset ratios.
Dividends received by a resident company or a CARICOM resident may not be taxable. Dividends received from a non-CARICOM resident may be subject to Corporate Income Tax. Dividends are a distribution of a portion of the earnings of the legal entity, voted by the board of directors, to a particular class of shareholders. Dividends can be either stock, cash, or property. Long-term capital gains are not taxable.
Capital Gains are not usually taxable, except those from the disposal of assets other than securities held less than one year, which are subject to corporate income tax. 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 withholding tax rate is estimated at 15%. Which means that the taxman expects companies to automatically withhold 15% of interests remitted abroad. The dividends withholding tax rate is 15%. This should be interpreted that the tax authorities expects legal entities to withhold 15% of dividend payments to non-residents, unless payments made to a parent company, where a 5% withholding tax may apply. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. Which means that the taxman expects companies to withhhold 15% of royalties remitted abroad. Withholding tax rates may be reduced under a tax treaty.
There is no known tax on wealth in Trinidad and Tobago. There are no known inheritance taxes. There are real property and transfer taxes. There are not many frequently implemented R&D initiatives that provide tax incentives in Trinidad and Tobago.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your company situation. can point you to a lawyer in Trinidad and Tobago who will advise you. Want to work together? Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 45 hours to file and prepare documents for a Trinidad and Tobago Common Law.
The corporate tax is approximately 25% which is 103 in the world.

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

The vat rate in Trinidad and Tobago is 12.5% which ranks 69 in the world.

Patent box
RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
25Tax treaties
25%Offshore Tax
25%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
45Corporate time
12.5%VAT rate
0%Capital gains
2017AEOI planned

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Trinidad and Tobago Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
Saint Lucia
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 1973-02-01
DTC 1996-07-31
DTC 1969-06-20
DTC 2003-09-18
DTC 1969-10-29
DTC 2009-03-09
Antigua and Barbuda
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 1973-04-04
DTC 1999-02-08
DTC 1994-07-06
United Kingdom
DTC 1982-12-31
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 1995-09-11
DTC 2008-07-23
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 1994-07-06
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
DTC 1994-07-06
United States
DTC 1970-01-09
DTC 1987-08-05
DTC 1971-03-26
Saint Kitts and Nevis
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 1994-07-06
DTC 2001-05-07
DTC 1984-02-17

Country Info

National Flag of
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (eng)
Area Code
Port of Spain
Native Languages