Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance has modified the income tax brackets for the taxable year 2014-2015 (from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015), as well as the tax credits that may be claimed by individual taxpayers.
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Finance has modified the income tax brackets for the taxable year 2014-2015 (i.e., taxable year from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015), as well as the tax credits which may be claimed by individual taxpayers.1 While tax rates remain the same for individuals, the income tax brackets are adjusted upwards. The adjustments are done in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the National Statistical and Census Institute.
The published tables reflect the new income tax brackets and the rates applicable to individuals (as well as corporations).
International assignment cost projections and budgeting for assignments to Costa Rica and for assignees outside Costa Rica still subject to Costa Rican taxation should reflect these changes. Where appropriate, adjustments by payroll administrators to withholdings should also be made. The adjustments to the brackets and higher credit amounts should help to keep international assignment costs contained for those employees subject to taxation in Costa Rica.
There are changes to the tax credit amounts. Taxpayers can now claim an annual credit amount of CRC 17,880 per child annually or CRC 1,490 monthly (or for dependents who are disabled or undertaking “advanced studies” when under the age of 25) and CRC 26,760 annually for the spouse (if both spouses are taxpayers, the credit may only be claimed by one of them) or CRC 2,230 monthly.
1 See: Executive Decree N°38692-H published in La Gaceta (the official journal) N°223, November 19, 2014.
The KPMG International member firm in Costa Rica has provided updated tables (in English and Spanish) in the recently published “Update of Income Tax Brackets for the 2015” in its publication Tax & Legal News Flash (No. 2014- (October 28, 2014)).
For coverage of last year’s tax rates/brackets and credits, see Flash International Executive Alert 2013-154, 22 November 2013.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Costa Rica.
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