Zambia - Mixed (Common and Customary law)
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Zambia taxes

Want to setup a company in Zambia? This will tell you about tax laws in Zambia for a LLC which is the most common company type in the country.

Zambia taxes corporate income on a territorial basis. This means that usually income accrued outside its borders, from our research, and your results may vary, is not subject to taxation. However, foreign-source dividends and interests earned may be taxable. Taxes are high in Zambia because the standard corp. tax rate is 35%. Other tax rates may apply for certain income such as electronic communications (40%), mining operations (30%), export of non-traditional products and production of fertilizer (15%), agroprocessing and farming (10%). Zambia ranks 169th overall with regards to corp. taxation rate internationally.

The valued added tax rate is 16.00%, which ranks Zambia as 101st when compared to VAT globally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 5% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 5%. 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 60hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 4 in ZM.

Thin cap standards are officially enacted. Thin capitalisation refers to any type of laws on companies' debt-to-asset ratios. Dividends paid to a resident company are subject to 15% withholding tax. Dividens received from a foreign company are subject to Corporate Income Tax. Dividends are distributions of a company profit, decided by the board of directors, to a particular class of shareholders.Dividends can be issued as shares of stock, cash payments, or other property. Capital Gains are generally not subject to taxation. 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 relevant tax authorities expects legal entities to automatically withhold 15% of payments offshore on interests. The dividends withholding tax rate is 15%. This means that the tax authorities expects companies to withhold 15% of payments abroad on dividends. The royalties withholding tax rate is 15%. Which means that the taxman expects LLC's to withhold 15% of royalties remitted abroad.
There is no known tax on wealth in Zambia. There are no known inheritance taxes. There are real property transfer taxes. There are not many popular and well known credits for innovation spend that include tax incentives in this country.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your individual facts and circumstance. We can point you to an accountant in Zambia who can answer all your questions. Ready to get started? Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 60 hours to file and prepare documents for a Zambia Mixed (Common and Customary law).
The corporate tax is approximately 35% which is 169 in the world.

Owners of a company in Zambia are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 5 years.

The vat rate in Zambia is 16% which ranks 101 in the world.

Patent box
RND credit
Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
22Tax treaties
0%Offshore Tax
35%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
60Corporate time
16%VAT rate
0%Capital gains
NoAEOI planned

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Zambia Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
DTC 1978-11-30
DTC 2013-03-09
United Kingdom
DTC 1973-03-22
DTC 1971-07-14
DTC 1968-08-24
DTC 1981-06-05
DTC 2012-08-18
DTC 1972-10-27
DTC 1995-05-19
DTC 2010-07-26
DTC 2008-02-05
DTC 1973-09-13
DTC 1971-03-29
South Africa
DTC 1956-05-22
DTC 1977-12-19
DTC 1973-05-30
Japan DTC 1970-02-19
DTC 1984-02-16
DTC 1974-03-18
DTC 2001-05-31
DTC 1961-09-21
DTC 1950-12-14

Country Info

National Flag of
Republic of Zambia (eng)
Area Code
Eastern Africa
Native Languages